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illustrated.1894 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III. ORTHODOX DOGMATICS. The
authority of Scripture--The groundwork of Orthodox doctrine: a
modified reproduction of Scholastic doctrine--The Mediaeval
Catholic basis of that doctrinal groundwork. Protestantism is a
restoration of original Christianity as determined by the standard
of Divine Revelation. Now that restoration was effected on the
ground of Western Latin Christianity as it received its crowning
form in the Middle Ages. For that reason Protestantism is still
implicated in many ways in the past of Catholicism, especially in
Catholic dogma. The old Protestantism and its Dogmatics are not
correctly understood, unless the two sides are kept in view from
the commencement. The essence of this historical result consists
simply in its being a union of them both; the one corresponding to
its specific intentions, the other to the historical situation in
which it arose. The groundwork of the doctrine appearing in
orthodox Protestant Dogmatics itself supplies evidence of this. Or
at least it must be understood in the light of the fact that such
is the case with regard to Protestantism. The great renovation in
the groundwork of doctrine consists in the fact that Holy Scripture
is declared to be the sole and specific authority in theology. That
law proceeds directly from the Reformation. It is true that the
maxim that the religion of Revelation must be guided by the
standard of Revelation, or that the faith which has to be accepted
and confessed in that religion must have its object and therefore
its authority in Revelation, belongs to Christianity in general,
and appears as a matter of course in the Christian system. The
Catholic Church also recognises it. "With no less emphasis it makes
Holy Scripture stand for a source of Revelation. The new elemen...
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