Concordia Theological Monthly

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lutheran, theology, dogmaticians, christian, dogmatics, faith, doctrine, pieper

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


One of the tasks with which both Christian preaching and Christian dogmatics are confronted is the attempt to express Biblical testimony in non-Biblical terminology. Such an attempt is as difficult as it is necessary. In order to perform its responsibility, the proclamation of the Christian message in preaching must resort to ways of speaking that are not found in the Scriptures. Similarly, theologians have always found it necessary to collect into one expression what is said in several different parts of the Scriptures. But the difficulty in any such expression is that a word taken over from extra-Christian sources may often bring with it connotations that are foreign to Biblical faith. That necessity and that difficulty are almost exactly parallel.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars