Evangelical Catholicity: A Lutheran Faction

Walter Sundberg

Article Type: Face to Face

Publication Date: 7/1/1989

Paired Article (Face to Face): Evangelical Catholicity: The Lutheran Tradition

Issue: The Finality of Christ (Vol. 9, No 3, Summer, 1989)

My objection to the phrase “evangelical catholicity” has nothing to do with the words “evangelical” and “catholic.” They are both honored terms in the Christian lexicon. But what we are dealing with here is not two words, but a single phrase: “evangelical catholicity.” This phrase is not new; it began to be used in the nineteenth century to identify a particular approach to church history by romantic, historicist theologians dissatisfied with emerging secular culture and liberal Protestantism.

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