Concordia Theological Monthly

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faith, lutheran church, justification, luther, walther, missouri synod, absolution, doctrine, christian, concordia seminary, theology

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod has had the same doctrinal basis for 125 years. It is remarkable that within that period of time the loyalty of no group in Synod to that basis as given in the constitution could be seriously challenged. This, however, does not mean that there were no variations in emphases. This study is a brief synopsis of such variations. It is not concerned with difference, uniformity, contradiction, or inconsistency in doctrine (although some of these factors may be present) but with coordinating stresses. Examination of consistent adherence to basic insights is also beyond the scope of this brief study.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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Acts 4:12; Isaiah 53:5; 1 Corinthians 3:11-15;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars