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Conclusions: The Reasons for and The Significance and function of Human Reason in Preaching

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This chapter raises the question, what exactly the human reason has to do with this "basis of their salvation" and with this abiding "in the truth"? It starts by recognizing that it is in the "teaching of the traditions" that the "intellectual anchoring" of the gospel takes place. Ultimately we can only see the reason and the necessity for employing the human reason in preaching from the relationship in which the "teaching of the traditions" stands to the "coming of the gospel". There is a relationship between the "gospel" and the "teaching of the traditions", and not a contrast. Paul, the witness, presupposes other witnesses; he takes up a tradition and thus is a link in a chain of tradition, although that is only really discernible in a very few cases. But 2 Th, in particular eh. 2, does recall this fact.

Keywords: gospel; Paul's preaching; teaching of the traditions

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