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Prolegomena to Protestant Dogmatics
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I. Historical Development

When dogmatics represented the totality of theology, the prolegomena laid out the subject area of theology and examined the possibility of apprehending it theoretically: the constitutive conditions of belief and its theological propositions, as well as the sources and structures of theological knowledge.

In the brief introduction to his Loci communes (1521), Melanchthon could concentrate on identifying the power of sin, the…

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Petzoldt, Matthias, “Prolegomena to Protestant Dogmatics”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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