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The Biblical Hermeneutics Of Socinians And Remonstrants In The Seventeenth Century

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The renowned German hermeneuticist Wilhelm Dilthey devoted an entire chapter of his influential work Das natürliche System der Geisteswissenschaften im 17. Jahrhundert to the subject dealing with the connection between the thinking of Socinians and Remonstrants. In the chapter, entitled Der Rationalismus. Auflosung der Kirchenlehre durch Sozinianer und Arminianer, Dilthey shows the contribution that Socinians and Remonstrants had made to modern biblical hermeneutics based on the application of historical-critical reasoning. One of Fausto Sozzini's most important services to modern biblical hermeneutics in De auctoritate sacrae scripturae is undoubtedly his reasoned exposition of a historical approach to Scripture. Simon Episcopius arrives at a very interesting conclusion from his understanding of the New Testament as a historically impeccable testimony. For him it is the proof beyond all doubt that the Christian religion is true and divine, and hence superior to all others.

Keywords: biblical hermeneutics; Christian religion; Fausto Sozzini; New Testament; Remonstrants; seventeenth century; Simon Episcopius; Socinians; Wilhelm Dilthey

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