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Christian Tractatus

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It should be noted first of all that the propositions of Christianity, as of any other world view, should be believed in, if at all, based on knowledge. I shall seek to demonstrate that historical knowledge is the only reliable source of Christian knowledge. I shall then consider whether this knowledge is sufficient to establish Christianity's claims.

  1. Hence, the propositions of Christianity should be believed in, if at all, based on experience interpreted by reason.
  2. Some Christians will immediately react to the above statement as betraying a rationalistic bias. A basic assumption of this paper is that the claims of Christianity should be evaluated in exactly the same way as those of any other ideology. This contention will be discussed in a later section. Also in a later section I will consider how the allegedly self-validating claims of Christianity (ie. the workings of the Holy Spirit and of faith) should be evaluated.

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