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Reason Run Amok? The Protestant Orthodox Charge of Rationalism against Faustus Socinus (with Special Consideration of a ‘Smoking Gun’ Passage from De Jesu Christo Servatore)

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In their polemical writings the Protestant orthodox (PO) theologians commonly attempt to isolate the proton pseudos, or "first lie" of an adversary's theological system. The proton pseudos is the fundamental error from which all of the other errors in the system are thought to radiate. The PO does not hurl the charge of rationalism merely against Socinianism in general, but they sometimes excoriate Faustus Socinus (FS) in particular. In attempting to fasten this indictment against FS, the PO frequently draws upon a small number of carefully selected texts in FS's corpus. In particular, Socinus' magnum opus and frontal assault against the doctrine of Christ's satisfaction, his famous De Jesu Christo Servatore (DS), contains one of the most commonly cited texts. This chapter gives the entire Smoking Gun Text (SGT) and its surrounding context, both in Latin and in the author's translation.

Keywords: De Jesu Christo Servatore (DS); Faustus Socinus (FS); protestant orthodox (PO) theologians; rationalism; smoking gun text (SGT)



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