Implications of the Gospel: Some Hermeneutical and Ecclesiological Queries

Karl P. Donfried

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 1/1/1990

Issue: Catechism and Lectionary (Vol. 10, No 1, Winter, 1990)

In their preface to Implications of the Gospel the ecumenical officers of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Episcopal Church in the United States of America urge that the “churches individually and together must seriously weigh and consider this document. They must determine the degree to which they can accept the recommendations and change their thinking and practices” (10). It is in the spirit of this request that I wish to offer some thoughts and reflections about the effectiveness of this contribution, particularly in the area of hermeneutics and ecclesiology. In doing so, my goal is to raise questions and to make suggestions which might be addressed more fully in the subsequent sessions and publications of the Lutheran-Episcopal Dialogue.

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