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Patristics, Patrology
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Patristic theology came into use among Lutherans in the later 17th century (Orthodoxy 1) in an effort to provide evidence from early Christian tradition that the teaching of the Reformers was in agreement with that of the church fathers. Patristics, which was distinguished from both biblical theology and systematic theology, served to stress continuity between the Reformation and the early church.

The term “patrology” occurs for the first time in the title of a work by the Lutheran theologian Johann Gerhard …

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Bienert, Wolfgang A. and Wilken, Robert, “Patristics, Patrology”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 20 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_P.48>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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