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Title: The thought of Robert Flint
Author: Obitts, Stanley Ralph
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Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1962
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Robert Flint, D. D., LL. D., F.R.S.E., was born the son of a shepherd and grieve in the parish of Applegarth, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, in 1834. In 1848, at the age of fourteen years, he entered Glasgow University, he spent ten years there, five in the Faculty of arts, five in the Faculty of Divinity, after a few years as a minister of the Church of Scotland, he succeeded, at thirty years of age, the renowned Professor Ferrier to the Chair of Moral Philosophy in the University of St. Andrews. In 1876 he was appointed Professor of Divinity in the Univeisity of Edinburgh, a post he held until his retirement in 1903. He died in 1910. The nearly sixty years since Flint ceased writing have not seen a slackening in the desire of theologians to be scientific, but they have witnessed an ever increasing willingness amongst theologians to admit the radical uniqueness of their method in a way for which Flint could have absolutely no sympathy, however, this should not divert us from appropriating the important contributions which Flint can make to the present situation in theology. No one has realised more clearly than Flint did that (1) the theologian must be convinced of the reality of his knowledge of God, (2) the theologian must not allow himself to be swept into espousing theories which common sense will not countenance, and (3) the theologian must be scientific, that is, he must avail himself of all the evidence of God's ideality, he must accord to God's supreme and final manifestation of Himself the position of supreme and final authority in his system, and he must seek to construct a system with a method calculated to make "use of reason on appropriate facts as will best attain truth".
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Flint's philosophical theory