Term drawn from Ro. 12:6: [Let us prophesy] according to the proportion [Gk. analogia] of faith. J. Gerhard,* Locus I, chap. xxv (De interpretatione scripturae sacrae), par. 531 (532): All interpretation of Scripture should be analogous to [the] faith [fidei analoga]. This canon is set forth Ro 12:6; this [passage] means that the interpretation of Scripture should be undertaken and properly done [conformari] in such a way that it harmonizes [consentiat] with the whole [perpetua] thought set forth in Scripture concerning each article of the heavenly doctrine. The articles of faith which the apostle here [cf. 2 Ti 3:15] means by [faith], which all must know in order to be saved, are taught in Scripture in clear and plain [perspicuis] words. In interpreting Scripture, nothing whatever is to be propounded [proferendum] in conflict with this rule* of faith. This allows for apparent contradictions, e.g., with regard to predestination (see Predestination, I).
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