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“The attempts to [make philosophy fit with theology] can go two ways. First, as in the case of the medieval scholastic theologians, it can start from abstract, general, rational truths derived purely from logic and try to end up with Christianity. This approach starts with something like the god of Plato (omnibenevolent, omniscient, immutable, omnipotent, etc.) and moves to show how the god of the Bible is this god. It tries to build a foundation of logic and then add revelation on top of it. The second approach is more recent and finds proponents in Bonhoeffer and Barth. This method begins with God’s self-revelation and works from there to arrive at abstract, general, rational truths. To Bayer, both of these approaches suffer from the same flaw: they both sacrifice the concrete revelation of God for the sake of general, abstract truths.”
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