Concordia Theological Monthly

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faith, christian, theology, lutheran confessions, wisdom, barth, philosophy, reformation, catholic

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The proper understanding of the nature of faith is a matter of central importance in Christian theology. For this reason the Christian Church has sought for terminology by which to describe faith in a manner that will do justice to all the affirmations of Holy Scripture concerning it. The origin and development of some of this terminology was the topic of a recent essay in the pages of this journal. There it was indicated that the distinction between the believing (knowing) subject and the believed (known) object was intended to safeguard an integral element in the Christian definition of faith and knowledge; but that it could, and sometimes did, lead to an objectivism and to a subjectivism both of which surrendered what the distinction aimed to preserve. This very circumstance makes further investigation of the question necessary.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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John 1:9; 1 Corinthians 1:20; John 10:14; Galatians 4:8-9; 1 Corinthians 13:12; 1 Corinthians 8:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:14; Romans 10:9; Romans 6:8; 1 John 5:5; 1 John 5:1; John 10:27-28; 2 Timothy 2:19; Psalm 139:1;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars