The Paschal Foundations of Christian Theology

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The question of the proper starting point, the "first principles," is one to which theology, and every discipline it encompasses, must continually return. Without being firmly grounded on its proper foundation, the vast body of reflection developed within theology risks collapsing into dust. It is not simply that the first principles are elementary stages, transcended by higher realms of esoteric reflection, but that they also provide the necessary orientation or perspective within which the more abstract discussion takes place and is to be understood. It is clear that the Christian faith is first and foremost faith in the lordship and divinity of the crucified and exalted Christ, yet the implications of this fact for how we understand and construe Christian doctrine are rarely considered. The
analysis of this dimension offered in this article might seem unnecessarily laborious and extensive, but the scope and importance of its implications merit such a venture.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-136
Number of pages22
JournalSt Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Quarterly
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001


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