Download e-book for kindle: Christian Dogmatics (Volume 1) by Jenson, Robert W.; Braaten, Carl E.; Forde, Gerhard O

By Jenson, Robert W.; Braaten, Carl E.; Forde, Gerhard O

Christian Dogmatics is a two-volume survey of the twelve significant loci of Christian doctrine, each one handled largely when it comes to its biblical foundations, old culture, and modern value. From the point of view of the Lutheran culture and in view of the original questions and problems with the yankee context, every one locus is constructed autonomous of the others through six theologians, themselves encouraged by way of divergent theological hobbies: Carl Braaten, Gerhard Forde, Philip Hefner, Robert Jenson, Paul Sponheim, and Hans Schwartz. quantity 1 discusses dogmatics, the Trinity, the id of God, construction, sin, and Christology. quantity 2 treats atonement, the Holy Spirit, ecclesiology, the sacraments, justification via religion, and eschatology

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In the present situation dogmatic thinking seems to be the trademark of the more conservative groups of Christians. In pietistic circles dogmatic theology was held in great suspicion as the intellectualistic dry bones of a dead orthodoxy, in contrast to the warm, personal faith of true biblical Christianity. ” We would emphasize that there is a doctrinal core of the faith of the church. Dogmatic theologians are not autonomous philosophers of religion creating their own system of ideas. Instead, they are interpreters of the living stream of the church’s traditions of faith expressed in dogmas and doctrines.

This power of the imagination to participate in the realm of the coming future is a structural part of the human mind potentially possessed by all, though many succeed in stifling their capacity to see beyond the end of their nose. Very often the knowledge of the realm of the future takes a negative form in the present, in the awareness of darkness, misery, and evil, and in protest against these negative forces. But the knowledge of the deficiency of things as they are may be coupled with the positive desire to transcend this negative state in the power of a more promising future.

This churchly connection is a distinctive mark of dogmatic theology. Dogmatics exists for the sake of the identity and mission of the church. Of course, it has its own special way of serving, not by repeating the doctrines of the past, but by a critical interpretation of the received doctrines in light of our biblical knowledge and our present engagement with the modern world. This means that dogmatics is done not so much to defend the church as it is, but to criticize it. This criticism occurs in the interest of discriminating between true and false preaching, as well as between church-centered activism for its own sake and kingdom-oriented praxis for the good of the world.

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