from The Century Dictionary.
- In a rationalistic manner.
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- adverb In a
rationalisticmanner; in the context of rationalism
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Inerrancy language and things like "scripture is its own interpreter" make sense until they are interpreted rationalistically.
This warns that although the math - ematical analogy elucidates, it does not violate the divine mystery and does not penetrate rationalistically into the divine essence itself.
He had taught that law was not to be manufactured rationalistically from a blueprint, but grew naturally out of the Volksgeist, like
Concerning the Scriptures, Luther did not express himself in a more rationalistic manner than Erasmus; nor did he interpret them more rationalistically.
The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 5: Diocese-Fathers of Mercy
When the miracle is interpreted dramatically, by analogy to human life, we have mythology; when it is interpreted rationalistically, by analogy to current logic or natural science, we have metaphysics or theosophy.
What is a minute ago, rationalistically considered, except a tradition and a picture?
Men take thought and ponder rationalistically, touching remote things -- things that only theoretically matter, such as the transit of Venus.
The Ten Plagues of Egypt are somewhat rationalistically handled, as having a true historical basis, but as explicable by natural phenomena, indigenous to Egypt in all ages.
Essays and Reviews: The Education of the World, Bunsen's Biblical Researches, On the Study of the Evidences of Christianity; Seances Historiques de Gen��ve; On the Mosaic Cosmogony; Tendencies of Religious Thought in England, 1688-1750; On the Interpretation of Scripture.
And Christian culture is not produced rationalistically by extrapolating Christian ideas in forms that imitate the world.
That rational element - which is characterized by its distance to things, by mental balance, for it is programmatically not dependent on either the moods and feelings of the lyrical state of mind or on the passions of the state of pathos - that rational element does not allow itself to be lulled into tranquillity; but neither does it hurl itself impatiently at any moral target: in our rationalistically utilitarian, practical civilization, it is sufficiently strongly rooted in our need to know, to acquire knowledge and use it.
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