E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Divinity subjected to the test of reason and argument, or at least darkened by the counsel of words. The Athanasian creed is a favourable specimen of this attempt to reduce the mysteries of religion to right reason; and the attempts to reconcile the Mosaic cosmogony with modern geology smack of the same school.