Genesis of Doctrine

Bird:  “I think that we should have a prolegomena and that prolegomena includes a setting out of the gospel.  This anchors the genesis of doctrine in God’s revelation of himself in history as testified by the gospel and so provides Christian theology with a referent beyond its own socio-linguistic location.  I define the gospel here as follows:

“‘The gospel is the good news that God’s Kingdom has come in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, the Lord and Messiah, in fulfillment of Israel’s Scriptures. The gospel evokes faith, repentance and discipleship – its accompanying effects include the forgiveness of sins, justification, reconciliation, adoption, and the gift of the Holy Spirit.’

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