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Master of Sacred Theology (STM)
The problem proposed for investigation in this study is the same as that raised in the last clause: Is the theory of anonymous Christianity compatible with the Lutheran Confessions? A negative answer would seem to be indicated by the statement in the Confessions that all who are outside the Christian Church:
••• remain in eternal wrath and damnation, for they do not have the Lord Christ, and, besides, they are not illuminated and blessed by the gifts of the Holy Spirit (LC, 2:66).13
It is necessary, however, to inquire carefully whether this statement and others related to it in the Lutheran Symbols are applicable to Rahner's theory.
Manteufel, Thomas, "The Message of Salvation: A Comparative Study of the Theology of Karl Rahner and of the Lutheran Confessions on the Relationship of Faith and Unbelief to the Word of God" (1976). Master of Sacred Theology Thesis. 391.
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