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This approach is referred to as the Unwritten Doctrine, the esoteric Doctrine, or most frequently as the Protology (theory of primary principles).
This latter approach is influenced not simply by the introduction of the theory of Forms but also by the interest in the Protology (p.
However, even a dialogue such as the Lysis is seen as making reference to the Protology.
In considering Reale's case for the Unwritten Doctrine, many English-speaking philosophers who are accustomed to detailed analytical argumentation about such topics in Plato as predication, participation, tropes, and so forth will still be left wondering what is the philosophical meat offered by those who endorse the role of Protology.
Their exegetical reading of Plato attempted to take into account the so-called Unwritten Doctrines of Plato on the Protology or Theory of the Principles without neglecting the dialogues themselves.
As we will see, protology and eschatology in Christian theology are mutually informative and find in creatio ex nihilo a the-ological meeting place.
Before examining this interaction between protology and eschatology in the biblical traditions, I first deal with some formal considerations of creatio ex nihilo as they relate to objections to classical affirmations of divine transcendence and omnipotence.
Narratives in Excess: Protology and Eschatology Embrace
It enunciates a vision that telescopes eschatology and protology.
Christ in his own human reality is the protology and eschatology of human existence; he is not only the Redeemer but also the reason for the being of all creation, human existence, and history.
Next comes a treatment of creatio ex nihilo where this particularly Christian notion is displayed as an early and constant part of Augustine's protology, yet with far-reaching consequences evident also in his hamartiology, anthropology, and spirituality.
Rather, just as protology is an aetiological account from the present situation of sin and salvation back into the origins and not a historical report of what transpired at the beginning of the world, so too eschatology is an aetiological account from the present situation of sin and grace forward into its future stage of final fulfillment and not an anticipatory description of what will happen at the end of time and beyond.
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