Concordia Theological Monthly

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freedom, liberal, conservative, truth, radical, forgiveness, baptism

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


Politicians, intellectuals, artists, businessmen, and also theologians are often classified as conservative or liberal. Some are even classified as radical, a term which in its basic meaning is better used to describe the thoroughgoing consistency of both the conservative and the liberal. In naive thought the conservative is the person who sees great value in a situation as it is and seeks to preserve it. The liberal, on the other hand, is a person who sees greater value in new methods, in new thoughts and in new structures. He seeks continually to be in the vanguard of those who break with the old and usher in the new. So the line has moved back and forth down through the ages.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars