Category Doctrine of the Church

On Heresy

“Heretic!”, especially in the digital context, functions primarily as an opprobrium, a “caveat lector.” I think this represents a departure, ironically enough, from the traditional modes in which accusations of heresy were used.

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Appraising the Reformation

How one understands the relationship of the institutional church to the “body of Christ” to the individual church and its individual members will in large part color their perception of the Reformation.

Pannenberg on Secularization and Orientation

Pannenberg argued that secularization engenders hopelessness for individuals, in which there is no orientation. A few ideas on what this entails.

In Defense of the Loaf and the Cup

The Eucharist, Communion, the Lord’s Supper—however you refer to it, the communal celebration of the death and resurrection of Christ through the bread and the wine has been one of the central aspects of Christian worship since the first days of the church. As early as 1 Corinthians, we have textual evidence concerning normative and […]

Christ is the Church: a Review of Sanctorum Communio (1930/1998)

A review of Bonhoeffer’s first work and his doctoral dissertation Sanctorum Communio, first published in 1930.