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Analogy of Faith
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1. The expression analogia fidei is taken from the Bible, where it occurs only once, Rom 12:6, meaning “what is in proportion to (a man’s) faith” (ἀναλογία της πίστεως). It is the equivalent of the “measure of faith” mentioned just before in Rom 12:3 (μέτρον πίστεως). The notion is introduced to warn charismatics, especially those endowed with the gift of prophecy, not to indulge their charism too exuberantly and to avoid heady enthusiasms. Since prophecy in particular must be tested for its genuine…

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Leo Scheffczyk, “Analogy of Faith”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 27 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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