Continuity and Change in Christian Doctrine

A Study of the Problem of Doctrinal Development

by Rolf J. Pöhler (Author)
Thesis 156 Pages
Series: Friedensauer Schriftenreihe, Volume 2


This book provides a scholarly and concise introductory treatment of the problem of doctrinal development. The author defines and delineates the problem, offers a historical-genetic survey of proposed solutions, and presents a systematic-typological analysis of possible responses to doctrinal change. The study concludes that doctrinal development involves complex theological and hermeneutical issues, that there are three fundamental approaches successively developed in history in response to the growing awareness of doctrinal change, and that the numerous theories of doctrinal development may be classified in three 'ideal' types representing the basic options available to the Christian church today. In the view of the author, a dialectic approach that is concerned for substantial continuity as well as authentic change can best avoid the twin dangers of doctrinaire immobilism and precipitate revisionism.


ISBN (Softcover)
Frankfurt/M., Berlin, Bern, New York, Paris, Wien, 1999. 156 pp.

Biographical notes

Rolf J. Pöhler (Author)

The Author: Rolf J. Pöhler (50) teaches Systematic Theology at Friedensau University in Germany. In 1975, he graduated with a M.Div. degree (summa cum laude) at Andrews University in Michigan, USA. There he also earned his Th.D. in 1995 with a dissertation on «Change in Seventh-day Adventist Theology». Pöhler has published more than 100 articles in religious journals, scholarly books, and in the Evangelisches Kirchenlexikon.


Title: Continuity and Change in Christian Doctrine