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The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine, Volume 4

Reformation of Church and Dogma (1300-1700)

This penultimate volume in Pelikan’s acclaimed history of Christian doctrine—winner with Volume 3 of the Medieval Academy’s prestigious Haskins Medal—encompasses the Reformation and the developments that led to it.

"Only in America, and in this case from a Lutheran scholar, could we expect an examination so lacking in parti pris, a survey so perceptive, so free—and, one must say, the result of so much immense labor, so rewardingly presented."—John M. Todd, New York Times Book Review

"Never wasting a word or losing a plot line, Pelikan builds on an array of sources that few in our era have the linguistic skill, genius or ambition to master."—Martin E. Marty, America

"The use of both primary materials and secondary sources is impressive, and yet it is not too formidable for the intelligent layman."—William S. Barker, Eternity

Table of Contents

Primary Sources
Reformation Defined
1. Doctrinal Pluralism in the Later Middle Ages
Beyond the Augustinian Synthesis
The Plan of Salvation
The Communication of Grace
The One True Faith
2. One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic?
The Unity of the Church
The Holy Church
Catholic Concordance
In Defense of Apostolic Obedience
3. The Gospel as the Treasure of the Church
Divine Justice and Human Righteousness
Justification by Faith
The Theology of the Cross
The Centrality of the Gospel
4. The Word and the Will of God
Word and Spirit
Obedience to the Word and Will of God
The Eternal Will of God, Hidden and Revealed
The Will of God for the World
5. The Definition of Roman Catholic Particularity
Defenders of the Faith
The Gospel and the Catholic Church
From Pluralism to Definition
Reaffirmation of Church and Dogma
6. Challenges to Apostolic Continuity
Christian Humanism and the Authority of Revelation
Spirit versus Structure
Repudiation of Trinitarian Doctrine
7. Confessional Dogmatics in a Divided Christendom
The Prolegomena of Dogmatics
The Humanity of Jesus Christ
The History of the Covenant
The Gifts of Grace
Selected Secondary Works
Index: Biblical
Index: General

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