Jan 21, 2013

The Value of Confessions

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Here's an excerpt from The Value of Confessions, Douglas Kelly's contribution to the January issue of Tabletalk.

"To this day, Christian Churches, especially in the Reformation tradition, use a powerful tool for 'maintaining the form of sound words' and for spreading the gospel to the world—their confessional documents. The Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century represented a major rupture in the medieval church, one in which more than one-third of Europe had to go back to the 'drawing board' to formulate their testimony to the rest of the world.

That drawing board was Holy Scripture, which consecrated pastor-scholars searched out on the basis of a fresh knowledge of the original languages, and also on the basis of a commitment to traditional Augustinianism and the church fathers. Hence, they saw themselves as true (or Reformed) catholics, not primarily a new denominational grouping, although they did wind up in new denominational connections owing to the fierce resistance of the Roman Catholic hierarchy to any serious reform."

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