So many red flags pop up. At first I did not find the Chief Article on the Table of Contents list sent around, because the framework of this disaster is so odd. I found Justification by Faith under the Holy Spirit.
Does this overblown and overpriced set really teach Justification by Faith? That would mean repudiating the dark menace of Paul McCain, whose real job is getting Synod Presidents elected. McCain never really served as a parish pastor. The LCMS and WELS are staffed with UOJ - Justification without Faith - fanatics. The two cannot be reconciled.
Speaking of reconciliation. Here is one topic - Objective Reconciliation, under the heading of the High Priestly Office of Christ - and again later under Contemporary Issues. Let's be frank - there is no such category in the Scriptures, Luther, Melanchthon, Chemnitz, or the Book of Concord. I highly suspect that this is the bait and switch trick used by Zarling and Bivens, who are UOJ WELSians to a fault.
Once the Objective Justification filter is placed over the Scriptures, all kinds of distortions take place. Those who are used to the Bible and Luther hear "Justification by Faith. " But the elite, the knowing, the secretive and malignant Stormtroopers think "Universal Forgiveness and Salvation without Faith." They merge the Atonement with Justification and polish their hybrid invention.
How can I be so harsh, when CPH intention$ are clearly so honorable? My wife and I have experienced cancer, which has only three cures - cut it out, poison it away, and burn it out. Love does not apply to false doctrine, because the Word, not love converts. And false doctrine is definitely a cancer - or like gangrene, depending on the translation.
I see Gerhard Forde is so precious to CPH that he is commended as an author in a footnote (introductory material sent around).
|Forde contributed to the LCA dogmatics text|
that rejected every article of faith -
from the Trinity to the Atonement and Resurrection of Christ.
|They think Christian Dogmatics is worth $1.83!|
Christian Dogmatics is a two-volume survey of the twelve major loci of Christian doctrine, each treated extensively in terms of its biblical foundations, historical tradition, and contemporary significance. From the perspective of the Lutheran tradition and in view of the unique questions and issues of the American context, each locus is developed independent of the others by six theologians, themselves influenced by divergent theological movements: Carl Braaten, Gerhard Forde, Philip Hefner, Robert Jenson, Paul Sponheim, and Hans Schwartz. Volume 1 discusses dogmatics, the Trinity, the identity of God, creation, sin, and Christology. Volume 2 treats atonement, the Holy Spirit, ecclesiology, the sacraments, justification by faith, and eschatology.
Modern Theology Is Anti-Faith and Bankrupt - Stemming from Halle's UOJ
Hardly any modern theologians are worth reading, especially the "Lutheran" ones. Sasse is an exception. They may say "Justification by Faith" but they mean "Faith without Belief." They can write enormous, weighty volumes on every category of theology, but they have no faith in what they address.
This attitude came from the very source of UOJ - Halle University - and the pivotal theologian of modernism - Halle's Schleiermacher. He even wrote a Life of Jesus, but he did not believe, never did believe. Karl Barth, the Swiss Communist, followed that example and wrote his dogmatics with his mistress doing most of the work - Charlotte Kirschbaum. UOJ and adultery make a good team.
The style of this CPH monstrosity is definitely Barthian, and I know some of the names on their list - more saps from the same old Kirschbaum.
F. Pieper, the WELS drop-out, is also mentioned. Picked by Walther for his subservience to UOJ, elected because Walther broke the synod's rules on calling a professor, Pieper canonized the Walther-Stephan error of UOJ.
Besides - and I rest my case with this - WELS-ELS and the LCMS have already announced their excitement, their joy, their satisfaction that they agree on UOJ. That also gives them permission - yea even, motivation - to work at all levels with ELCA. They are not going to betray the war they have already won against Luther and the Book of Concord. What would Liz Eaton say?
|Rough copy of Harrison's book cover -|
who put Knapp, Loehe, and Stephan in there?