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).
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