Concordia Theological Monthly

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Roma Semper Eadem

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catholic church, rome, st. peter, pope, dogma, lasater

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


Rome ever the same! So says Rome, and her opponents agree; but there is agreement only in the choice of words, not in the sense or connotation. Rome predicates her assertion on the claim that she is the Church founded by Christ and by Him built on Peter, so that even the gates of hell cannot prevail against her. Her opponents, on the other hand, regard her merely as an organization against which the gates of hell have already prevailed in a large measure. Rome presumes to trace her organization and dogma - of course more fully developed in the course of time - back to Christ and the Apostles; her opponents accuse her of a persistently arrogant and intolerant spirit and of obdurate departure from the truth. We shall let Rome speak for herself.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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Matthew 16:16-18;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars