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The Prophetic ChurchHistory and Doctrinal Development in John Henry Newman and Yves Congar$
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Andrew Meszaros

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198786344

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198786344.001.0001

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Conclusion

Conclusion

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(p.240) Conclusion
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The Prophetic Church
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Andrew Meszaros

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198786344.003.0008

The concluding reflections defend the necessity and efficaciousness of doctrine. The doctrine of the incarnation is key to understanding how the human milieu can be an efficacious instrument for revelation to be communicated. When one situates doctrine within the saving economy of God, one is better able to account for the confusion and obscurity that is caused by doctrine’s development throughout history; for just as the “wisdom of the cross” (cf. 1 Cor. 1: 18–31) is revealed only at the resurrection, so too the “wisdom of development” will only be revealed at the end of time, when the Truth that doctrine expresses will be “all in all” (1 Cor. 15: 28).

Keywords:   Word, sacrament, economy, doctrine, doctrinal development

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