Concordia Theological Monthly

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fundamental doctrines, faith, grace, christian, sacraments, theologian, baptism, luther

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The Nature and Constitution of Sacred Theology.

Primary and Secondary Fundamental Doctrines.

The fundamental doctrines of the Christian religion may be divided into primary and secondary fundamental doctrines. Also this distinction is Scriptural, practical, and useful, for it helps the Christian theologian to discriminate rightly between the fundamental doctrines themselves. As we have learned, fundamental doctrines are such as constitute the foundation of the Christian faith; yet not all fundamental doctrines constitute this foundation in the same manner. Hollas rightly observes (53): "All the fundamental articles of faith must necessarily be known, but the grades of this necessity are different." (Doctr. Theol., p. 89.) Thus the primary fundamental articles are of such absolute importance that, if they are denied, there is no foundation whatever on which saving faith may rest.


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Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Acts 2:8; Luke 22:19; Matthew 26:28; Matthew 28:20; Romans 16:17; Matthew 18:7; Luke 17:1; Romans 14:13; 2 Corinthians 6:3; Titus 3:10-11; Galatians 5:9; 2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Timothy 6:3; Ephesians 9:20; 2 John 10:11; 1 Timothy 4:16; 1 Peter 4:11; Mark 16:15;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars