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Consensus theologorum
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[German Version]

In theological epistemology, consensus theologorum as a criterion of truth refers to the consensus of experts regarding the substance and/or formulation of a doctrine of the faith, based on appropriate interpretation of Scripture, ecclesiastical tradition ( consensus patrum ), and the belief of Christians (consensus fidelium) under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.


P. Scharr, Consensus fidelium, 1992

D. Wiederkehr, ed., Der Glaubenssinn des Gottesvolkes, 1994.

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Beinert, Wolfgang, “Consensus theologorum”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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