Anti-Historical ViewsOctober 7, 2018
Historical positivism thus fails to give any answer to theological questions.
It can tell us that the Church has anathematised certain doctrines. But what those doctrines mean, or why any one ever held them, or what the Church meant to assert by condemning them, or even why it follows that we ought to condemn them too, pure history can never tell us. For the solution of these problems we are thrown back on speculative thought.
Hence, through condemnation of the over-emphasis laid on historical truth, emerges a contrary theory : namely, that history is useless as a basis for theology. This anti-historical view may take two forms :
- that history is itself too uncertain to bear such an important superstructure as theology ;
- that the two things are truths of different orders, so that one cannot have any bearing on the other.