Concordia Theological Monthly

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The Interior Warfare

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interior warfare, sin, piety, guilt, faith, luther, st. paul

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


In a recent bulletin of the Academy of · Religion and Mental Health a psychiatrist quotes a Harvard junior, "Many students turn into themselves and become preoccupied with their own thoughts and emotions to the point of obsession.'' We should not be surprised. Your generation has been more sensitive to the nature of man and his interior struggle than most generations. The era of Freudian psychology and existential philosophy has exposed the depths of man's psyche to the point of nausea. It was not too long ago that we greeted the Freudian view of man as the clinical evidence of Pauline anthropology. This we believed was the corrective for the undue optimism about man that grew out of the sloppy applications of the evolutionary hypotheses to man's behavior.


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2 Corinthians 12:7-8;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars