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Prolegomena

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This chapter examines Petrus van Mastricht's own position on the nature of theology, Scholasticism, Aristotelianism, Scripture, faith, and reason. It also examines Mastricht's premises leading up to the exposition of the divine existence and essence and Holy Trinity. The chapter focuses on Mastricht's prolegomena, which includes the nature of theology, the method, description and definition of theology and Scripture. Mastricht includes aspects such as etymological concerns, the archetypal-ectypal distinction and the theoretico- practica paradigm . He defines theology as a doctrine of living to God through Christ. His view of theology stands clearly in continuity with the "medieval prolegomena," not only in its emphasis on nostra theologia as a theology of the viator but also in its distinction between the two modi of knowing revelation and vision, as characteristic of our theology in this life (in via) and of our theology in its heavenly fulfillment (in patria).

Keywords: archetypal-ectypal distinction; Aristotelianism; etymological concerns; faith; natural theology; Petrus van Mastricht; Prolegomena; Scholasticism; Scripture; the theoretico- practica paradigm

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