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Against DogmatismDwelling in Faith and Doubt$
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Madhuri M. Yadlapati

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037948

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037948.001.0001

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Christian Faith and the Protestant Principle

Christian Faith and the Protestant Principle

(p.67) Chapter Three Christian Faith and the Protestant Principle
Against Dogmatism

Madhuri M. Yadlapati

University of Illinois Press

This chapter takes a closer look at three figures whose discussions of faith are among the most influential in twentieth-century Christian theology. Two, Paul Tillich and Karl Barth, are twentieth-century Christian theologians and one, Søren Kierkegaard, is a nineteenth-century philosopher, but all three determine directions taken by existentialist Christian theology in the late twentieth century. All three figures happen to be Protestant, not simply by denominational identification, but more importantly, each is guided by the Protestant doctrine of justification by faith alone to emphasize the priority of God's saving grace over any human works and human understanding. All three adhere to the Protestant Principle (an individual's right and responsibility to radically question and reinterpret questions of faith), albeit in different ways.

Keywords:   Christian theology, twentieth-century Christian theology, existentialist Christian theology, Paul Tillich, Karl Barth, Søren Kierkegaard, Protestant Principle

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