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Scriptural Principle
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[German Version]

The doctrine of Holy Scripture as the principium of theology was formulated classically in the dogmatic theology of Lutheran and Reformed orthodoxy (II, 2). It succeeded in highlighting Luther’s principle of sola scriptura, i.e. the conviction that the verba divina are the Christianorum prima principia (WA 7, 98.4), and the apostrophization of Holy Scripture as unica regula et norma (FC SD [BSLK 767]) and its own interpreter (sui ipsius interpres [WA 7, 977.23]), relying on the (neo-)Aristotelian definition of scientific knowledge. Philosophy and m…

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Steiger, Johann Anselm, “Scriptural Principle”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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