Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Systematic Theology

First Advisor

Joe! P. Okamoto

Scripture References in this Resource

Matthew 16:13–17; Romans 3:23; Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Corinthians 12:3


Fossett, Robert, L. “Doctrine After Foundationalism.” Ph.D. diss., Concordia Seminary, 2011. 250 pp.

This essay argues for an account of Christian doctrine that will bring to light the lingering entrenchment of foundationalism within the context of religious discourse and will show this entrenchment for what it is: a confusion inherited from the Enlightenment (and ultimately from Plato). In its place I offer an account of doctrine that is more explicitly Christological than what is currently being offered in the modern discussion on doctrine and that at the same time, moves the conversation past the assumptions of foundationalism. A properly Christian account of doctrine, which includes both an account of Scripture and the Church, begins and ends with Jesus, the Son of God, Messiah. Scripture, the Church and her doctrine have their existence and find their purpose and meaning with Jesus, and nothing else.

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