Abstract

The topic invites inquiry. How do we of the church, once the Bible has been exegeted, proceed to formulate doctrine? To answer that question I propose first to do a brief historical sweep, from which I will draw several pertinent observations. A theoretical discussion will follow that explores the thesis of the paper, namely, that we move from Scripture to doctrine via biblical theology. Lest we get lost in the cyberspace of the theoretical, I include two case studies, one dealing with atonement and a second with divorce. Finally, the preacher within me says we must end with a challenge, specifically some exhortations.

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