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Thursday, December 17, 2015

What today's Church lacks (Pieper's Dogmatik)

      Continuing my project of presenting the full text of Franz Pieper's original Christliche Dogmatik.... (Vol. 1a fully proofed, proofing Vol 1b...)
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      From page 410 of Volume 1 (or page 340 of English edition), my translation; underlining in original German text:

Even if we did not have all the newer text-critical work, but rather had to rely on the textus receptus, on which both Luther's translation of the Bible as well as the English Authorized Version [KJV] are substantially based, so the Christian Church of our time would not yet be poorer in its knowledge of divine truth. The Church of our time lacks not a fixed biblical text, but rather lacks faith in the text sufficiently fixed.
         – President Franz Pieper, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri
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If anyone is reading any other theological work produced in the last 85 years since Pieper's death in 1931, that theological work is not as good (or is detrimental) for producing and sustaining the Christian faith (i.e. the true faith founded on the prophets and apostles) as ... Franz Pieper's Christliche Dogmatik (or Christian Dogmatics).

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