Concordia Theological Monthly

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doctrine, christian, lutherans, theology, luther, faith, augsburg confession

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The popular theology of today stands for the development of doctrine. C. S. Macfarland declares: "Christian revelation is not confined to a closed canon, to a stereotyped letter, or a strictly defined confession." (Christian Unity in Practice and Prophecy, p. 27.) The Living Church, of Jan. 14, 1933, declares: "There has always been, and under God there always will be, a continual development of experience and doctrine as the Spirit guides the Church into more and more of the truth about Christ. . . Liberal Catholics believe that it is possible to develop a doctrine of Christ in line with the best modern thought." And John J.B. Morgan declares: "All great thinkers" have had to admit over and over again that they were wrong. It is this willingness to change beliefs which marks off the versatile man from the old fogy. Look back, and if you cannot see where you have changed, you can rest assured that you have already stagnated." (Keeping "' Sound Mind, p. 207.)


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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2 Thessalonians 2:15; Colossians 2:7; 2 Timothy 3:14; 1 Timothy 1:3;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars