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Canon, Creeds, and Confessions: An Exercise in Lutheran Hermeneutics

Hultgren, Stephen (2012) Canon, Creeds, and Confessions: An Exercise in Lutheran Hermeneutics. Lutheran Theological Journal, 46 (1). pp. 26-50. ISSN 0024-7553


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I thank you for the invitation to speak at this symposium. It is an honor to be invited. It was also something of a surprise, since the LCA has followed a rather different path from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), of which I am a member. When I asked President Semmler what he thought I might have to contribute, he said that he had read something about the paper that I presented in 2010 in Columbus, Ohio, at the time of the formation of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) (of which I am not a member) - I shall say more about that in a moment - and that a paper from the perspective of one who has been involved in that scene would be appealing. As I prepared my paper, I asked myself what specifically I might have to offer you. Let me begin by telling you what I will not do. I do not come to this symposium to take a position or to tell you what path I think you should take on any issue, for example, the ordination of women. I am not so presumptuous as to tell you what to do, nor, I might add, so foolish. Nor do I bring new exegetical insights to biblical texts.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Hermeneutics, Religious aspects, Word of God, Theology, Lutheran Church Doctrines, Law and gospel
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Strategic Basic Research
Subjects: B - Biblical Studies, general
College/Association with University of Divinity: ALC: Australian Lutheran College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 09 May 2014 04:16
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2014 00:32
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1468

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