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In 'A heritage of Christian Thought', Paul Tillich has entire the supremely tricky feat of making a piece instantaneously brilliantly authoritative and entire, whereas closing transparent and uncluttered by way of scholarly annotation and debate. initially added as lectures on the Union Theological Seminary and on the Divinity institution of the collage of Chicago, this version has been fantastically edited by way of Carl E. Braaten of the Lutheran university of Theology in Chicago.

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Because of this the words "only begotten" were added and he was called "eternal". The Jews had difficulty with this term because of its pagan connotations. They could speak of Israel as "Son of God" but they could not apply it to an individual. The title "kyrios" means Lord; it is adequate because of its use in the Old Testament where it is an expression of divine power. At the same time it i« inadequate because the mystery gods were also kyrioi, lords, and, furthermore, Jesus was pictured concretely as a finite being.

Therefore, salvation in Stoicism is a salvation through reaching wisdom. In Christianity salvation is brought about by divine grace. These two approaches are in conflict with each other to the present day. 4. Eclecticism Eclecticism is another reality which was taken over by the Christian Church. This comes from a Greek word meaning to choose some possibilities out of many. Americans should not have contempt for this because in this respect as in so many others they are like the ancient Romans.

What were these norms and authorities? The first and basic authority was the Old Testament. Next to that was the earliest collection of writings which are now in the New Testament. The limits of the New Testament had not yet been definitely set. It took more than two hundred years for the church to make a final decision on all the books in the New Testament canon. Besides these writings there was already a complex of dogmatic and ethical doctrines which had become traditional. In I Clement these are called "the canon of our tradition".

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