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C.S. Lewis, the famous Anglican writer, once wrote: "The very possibility of progress demands that there should be an unchanging element . . . the positive historical statements made by Christianity have the power . . . of receiving, without intrinsic change, the increasing complexity of meaning which increasing knowledge puts into them" (God in the Dock, Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 1970, 44-47). Doctrine clearly develops within Scripture ("progressive revelation"). Examples: doctrines of the afterlife, the Trinity, the Messiah (eventually revealed as God the Son), the Holy Spirit (Divine Person in the New Testament), the equality of Jews and Gentiles, bodily resurrection, sacrifice of lambs evolving into the sacrifice of Christ, etc. This book serves as an introduction to the notion of doctrinal development, written from a popular lay apologetics standpoint.
Table of Contents
Chapter One: An Overview of Development of Doctrine: Is it a Corruption of Biblical Teaching?
Chapter Two: Vatican II and the Catechism of the Catholic Church on Development of Doctrine
Chapter Three: Fundamental Misunderstandings of Some Fundamentalists Concerning Development
Chapter Four: How Cardinal Newman Convinced me of the Apostolicity of the Catholic Church
Chapter Five: Various Aspects of Newman's Theory of Development and His Rhetorical and Literary Style
Chapter Six: The Development of Catholic Mariology
Chapter Seven: The Development of the Papacy and the Canon of Scripture
Chapter Eight: Historical Development in the Understanding of Doctrinal Development of the Apostolic Deposit
Appendix One: John Henry Newman: The Theory of Developments in Religious Doctrine (from Oxford University Sermons - 1843)
Appendix Two: Review of Newman's Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine in the Dublin Review (19 December 1845)
Appendix Three: Excerpts from Catholic Orestes Brownson's Critical Article, "Newman's Development of Christian Doctrine" (July 1846), With Responses
Appendix Four: Newman Biographer Wilfrid Ward's Remarks Concerning the Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine (1912)
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