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Traditionally the term “polemics” has been used for theology after the Reformation that serves to uphold a confessional or denominational position (Ecumenical Theology 4). It can be used more broadly, however, for any militant theology. It presupposes a basic confessional decision, inquires into specific dissent in theological discourse, and examines the points at issue. In the comparative study of denominations its task is to examine denominational differences critically and to overcome them by argument. If a church is to proclaim its beliefs, polemics…

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Fahlbusch, Erwin, “Polemics”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_P.113>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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