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Declarative Theology After Durandus: Its Re-Presentation And Defense

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'Theology' in the first sense of the term is the reading of the Scriptures and accepting them by faith as the word of God. If the terms 'faith' and 'science' are looked at, it can be seen that faith is based on authority and science is based on evidence. This chapter deals with the question: "Are faith and science compatible?" or "Can we have at the same time regarding the same object faith and science?" Peter Aureoli, like Durandus of St.-Pourçain, traces the grounding of declarative theology back to Book XIV of the De Trinitate of St. Augustine, where Augustine instructs his readers to pursue "only those things by which that most wholesome faith, which leads to true blessedness, is begotten, nourished, defended, strengthened; and in this knowledge most of the faithful are not strong, however exceeding strong in the faith itself.

Keywords: De Trinitate; declarative theology; Durandus of St.-Pourçain; faith; Peter Aureoli; St. Augustine; word of God



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