A Critical Analysis of the Interpretation of the Doctrine of «Justification by Faith Alone» by the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria, Gongola Diocese
4 From Luther to the Mission Field: Transmitting the Doctrine of Justification by Faith Alone to the LCCN
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From Luther to the Mission Field
Transmitting the Doctrine of Justification by Faith Alone to the LCCN
In the previous chapter the views of St. Paul, St. Augustine and Martin Luther on the doctrine of justification by faith were discussed. First, it was argued that they approached this doctrine from the context of their audience, in doing so; they departed from exclusionist religious practices of elevating doctrine above the heads of common people, keeping them at a distance from and at the mercy of the keepers of religious knowledge (the clergy). Instead, St. Paul, St. Augustine and Luther were concerned about the interests of their audiences; as such they addressed their lived experiences. Second, the chapter noted that their approach enhanced intercultural communication of the message of justification, especially in the case of St. Paul. Third, it was argued that they used translation to interpret and transmit the doctrine of justification by faith. In the current chapter an examination of the passing down of justification by faith alone from Luther to the LCCN Gongola Diocese will be explored.
The objective of this chapter is to analyse how the doctrine of justification by faith alone was transmitted to the Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria. To achieve this objective, first, a brief background of the Protestant and Lutheran missions to Nigeria will be given. Second, an examination of how the missionaries ← 71 | 72 → transmitted this doctrine...
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