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Two Kingdoms Doctrine
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[German Version]

I. Dogmatics

A discussion of the two kingdoms doctrine that wants to avoid mistakes must note two things.


The expression two kingdoms doctrine – like the doctrine of justification – is a product of reflection on the later designation of complexes of theological doctrine that were unavoidable even before this name was given them, because they deal with elements of the certainty of faith that are inescapable in any coherent explication of faith. The label two kingdoms doctrine, however, is not a product of the 16t…

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Herms, Eilert, “Two Kingdoms Doctrine”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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