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Canon, criterion and circularity: An analysis of the epistemology of canonical theism

Daniel J. Pratt Morris-Chapman
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 74, No 1 | a5022 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v74i1.5022 | © 2018 Daniel N/A. Morris chapman | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 April 2018 | Published: 20 November 2018

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Daniel J. Pratt Morris-Chapman, Department of Church History and Church Polity, Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Pretoria, South Africa


In recent years, William J. Abraham has suggested the creation of a new subdiscipline for examining the epistemology of theology. This article provides an overview of this proposal, highlighting some of the philosophical concepts, such as ‘Aristotelian epistemic fit’ and particularism, that Abraham drew upon when formulating this approach. It then proceeds to an examination of Abraham’s application of these ideas to his preferred theological scheme, canonical theism. Limitations and challenges to Abraham’s position are discussed as well as ways in which weaknesses in his approach might be addressed.


Abraham; WJ; canonical theism; circularity; Epistemology of Theology; divine revelation


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