CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY: The Speculative Method of Theological Investigation

Speculation assumes, in an à priori manner, certain principles and, from them, undertakes to determine what is and what must be. It decides on all truth or determines on what is true from the laws of the mind or from axioms involved in the constitution of the thinking principle within us. To this head must be referred all those systems which are founded on any à priori philosophical assumptions. There are three general forms in which this speculative method has been applied to theology.

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