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Status confessionis
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[German Version]

The concept of a status confessionis comes from the situation presented in Matt 10:32f., in which – under persecution – one must decide (Decision) between confessing Christ and denying Christ.

Not every situation requiring a decision involves a status confessionis. Paul, for example, considered eating food offered to idols irrelevant to a person’s relationship to God (Adiaphora). But those who could see eating such food only as separation from Christ should refrain (Rom 14; 1 Cor 8).

The term itself emerged during the Adiaphorist controversy, in which Mela…

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Slenczka, Notger, “Status confessionis”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_124963>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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