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Dogma, History of
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The task of the history of dogma is to trace the development of the dogmas that the church has formulated. The task is closely tied to that of the history of theology, for theologians have influenced the formulation of the dogmas.

No history of dogma was possible in the early church or the Middle Ages because the content of the Christian faith was then regarded as unalterably fixed from the beginning. This immutability was presupposed even in the heresies that were combatted, for, in the eyes of the orthodox, heretics were always ultimately the same, opposing the true fai…

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Meijering, Eginhard P., “Dogma, History of”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 21 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_D394>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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