Concordia Theological Monthly

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social relationships, st. paul, christian church, christianity, spiritual, mystical, pagan, protestant

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


There are in visible Christendom two types of social theorists who derive small comfort from a study of St. Paul's letters. The first group comprises the extreme mystical individualists, who think of Christianity as being exclusively an individual escape from the wrath to come, while the second is composed of the social theorists, who insist that the Church's chief reason for existence is to prepare the nations of mankind for the establishment by God through the Church of "a home, in history and in the world, in which men shall be brothers in Christ under the paternal arch of [God's] purpose,") and whose petitioning has been given classic formulation by Walter Rauschenbusch.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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1 Corinthians 5:12; Deuteronomy 32:5; Philippians 2:15; 1 Corinthians 1:18, 24; 1 Corinthians 2:14; 1 Corinthians 3:19; Romans 1:18-32; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:12; Ephesians 1:5; Galatians 4:5; Colossians 1:14; Galatians 1:4; Galatians 6:14;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars