Thenonmous ethics

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  • Theonomous Ethics
    • Propositional Knowledge
      • Knowledge that is based on statements
      • God reveals the directly through statements in the Bible, Creeds/ church teachings
      • Propositonal view of the revelation may be lead ti a more literal interpretation of the revelation
      • In the case of the Bible God is seen as the dictator & writers s scribers not authors (like knowing someone bc they read your CV)
    • Non-propositional knowledge
      • Knowledge gained through experience
      • God is revealed through personal encounter w/ him (mystical experiences- writers of bible writing their experiences )
      • The bible is a gateway to this experience - not statements or facts
      • The writers of the bible were authors that explained the experience of god ( like knowing someone bc u met them for a meal)
      • AD 397
        • it is agreed what stays in the bible & what was left out
        • There were books about Jesus, Moses etc that are shared by Jews & Christians that arent in the bible (the canen - recognised as the council of cathege)
    • Biblicist View
      • Sola Scripture- scripture alone
      • Bible is true word of God & only source of authority
      • Position taken by Evangelical Protestants
      • Theonomous & propositional
      • Believe bible is directly revealed by god
      • We should follow all biblical ethical demands
        • 10 commandments, laws about homosexuality & women not speaking in church
      • Bible is self-authenticating - no need for interpretation, is obvious
      • The people who wrote the bible were scribes not authors
        • Bible therefore trustworthy & correct
      • where there appears to be errors, it is our lack of understanding which is to blame
      • Conservative view towards ethics
    • Quotations
      • "All scripture is God breathed & i useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting & training in righteousness"  2Timothy 3:16
        • "rebuking" - telling someone they did something wrong
        • I saying that all scriptures come from God, is all Gods word & is useful for us to instruct us & others in moral lives & to be good ppl
      • "You must understand that no prophecy of scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though humans, spoke from god
        • Is saying it has been written down by humans, the prophets have written it down, but they're speaking Gods word - propositional, clearly saying that people didnt put their own words in. These are gods words, we can trust them
    • Problems
      • is a circular argument of self-authentication we have to trust that the bible is true all prophecy of god & is all exactly what be thinks bc the bible said it, but how do we know the bible is speaking true unless we know god said it
        • end up speaking true unless we know god said it say where is the proof & logical basis for believing that this  is gods word? - so if in harry potter it said it was the truth do we trust it as the truth


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