Friday, November 17, 2006

On Faith and Knowledge

"The content of faith, after all, lies outside of us and only becomes our possession by faith. The intellect is not productive but receptive and is made receptive, sanctified, and renewed by the truth that comes to us from without, from Scripture.

However, since the content of faith, i.e., the divine truth, exists independently of us and apart from us (and as such can be accepted only by faith), it has its own principle, its own method, and its own system. Scripture contains the full divine truth in its entirety."

Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics vol. 1: Prolegomena, p. 64

What happens to the Christian faith if the mind is regarded as productive of the content of faith and not just receptive?

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