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'Effects' Of MT 14:22–33 In Some Nineteenth-Century Theological Texts

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This chapter discusses the 'effects' of Mt 14:22-33 in some theological writings of the nineteenth century. The theological texts discussed in the chapter are viewed through two lenses: the universe (the grand, unbroken harmony) and humanity (the lordship of man's will) in the hope that this pair of 'enlightenment spectacles' will bring into focus the thought of this period about walking on the water. The rationalist approach treats Gospel pericopae as historical accounts which are faulty or misleading in certain respects. The whole concept of the grand unbroken harmony is rooted in explanation and the advance of knowledge; anything which is not at least partially explainable is, as Strauss expresses it, "something which cannot be conceived," (Undenkbare). The theme of the grand unbroken harmony shows itself to be a potent inuence in rationalising, sceptical and traditionally conservative texts.

Keywords:grand unbroken harmony; Mt 14:22-33; nineteenth century theological texts; rationalist approach



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