Concordia Theological Monthly

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bible, context, mission, church, historical, scholars, conservative, faith, conservatism, denominations, lutherans

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


Like it or not-and most of them don't-Christian lay people of all denominations find themselves drawn into a struggle splitting the worldwide Christian church into two opposing camps. How much of the Bible is to be understood literally, and how much of it is properly understood to be picture language? Is the Bible to be regarded entirely as a piece of human literature subject at all points to correction by modern research? Or is it exclusively a divine creation? Must it be presupposed that when man's historical, geographical, or scientific knowledge conflicts with this book, it is always 20th-century man who is wrong? What does it mean to accept the Bible on its own terms? What does it mean to take it exactly as it is? Is the account of the creation of Adam and Eve to be taken literally? What kind of a story is the book of Jonah meant to be?


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

1 Corinthians 9:19-23; Romans 1:16-17;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars