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I. Religious Studies – II. Systematic Theology

I. Religious Studies

Doctrine is an oral or written system of traditions regarding the content of faith (Dogma, Revelation, Truth) and the implementations of faith (Rite and ritual). A doctrine assumes a community that defines itself through the establishment of orthodox thinking and correct conduct. The authority of doctrine may be founded on charisma or on formal…

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Wiegers, Gerard A., Herms, Eilert, Schoberth, Ingrid and Nipkow, Karl Ernst, “Doctrine”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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