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SACRED THEOLOGY

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here incapable of

its task,

ego

is

by

sin in his consciousness

is

339

unless the darkening

worked

gradually withdrawn.

This leads, in the third place, to the conviction that the is not governed by the general human mind, such as it now operates in our fallen race, but only to that extent in which this universal human mind has been science of theology

animated by the

Only

method.

At

present let

offers us the

IToIi/

G-host,

also to a difference

i.e.

it

Holy Scriptures and the Church

His activity,

in

on can this point be fully explained. be said that tha^t same Holy Spirit, who

later

the real Doctor ecclesiie,

is

as the result of

who

enables us to

grasp the truth from the Scriptures, and from our consciousness to reflect the same in scientific analysis. in the course of centuries, there

is

As

it

advances

coherence and steadiness

and a decided unity though individual theologians are not conBut while this scious of it or able to determine its course. unity of effort in the course of centuries is determined in the other sciences partly by the inherent Logic, and by natural events keeping pace with it, theology derives this determination of its process from a Logic which presents itself in light pneumatically only, in connection with events which flow from the dealings of Christ with his Church. Hence, this leading of the Holy Spirit as subject of theology makes itself felt in a threefold way. First, through the Church, which has the formulation of dogma in hand, and with it the choice of the course to be taken, and which effects this formuof progress in the science of theology,

of effort, even

lation of Spirit.

dogma That

officially, i.e. as

in this the

and the reason

for

it,

the instrument of the

Church

is

Holy

not an infallible organ,

will be explained later on.

We

here

content ourselves with pointing to this mingling of ecclesiastical

power

actions of the

in the

development of theology, as one of the

Holy Ghost.

Secondly, this action of the

development dencies opposed to the truth, which, without XDurpose of its own, the Church has had to resist and which only subsequently prove themselves Spirit presents itself in the logical

the means of revealing truth in

its

Holy

of those ten-

any fault or successively, to

have been

logical relation.

Not

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van zaterdag 1 januari 1898

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Encyclopedia of sacred theology - pagina 363

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Abraham Kuyper Collection | 708 Pagina's

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