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Obligation
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[German Version]

I. Dogmatics – II. Ethics

I. Dogmatics

From a Protestant perspective, obligation (in the sense of binding authority) is assigned only to the Word of God (VI), the self-revealing power of which can lead to deeper insights and to “new Decalogues” (Luther); the latter must be examined by the church as a community with strict reference to the canon.

The articles of faith assert binding authority insofar as they are based on Scripture as “the only rule and guiding principle” (BSLK 767, 15), and, at a furt…

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Brandt, Reinhard and Herms, Eilert, “Obligation”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_025295>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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