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Identities of Christian Traditions

An Alternative for Essentialism


Wybren de Jong

Contents: Analysis of the meaning and use of terms like ‘identity’, ‘essence’, ‘tradition’ and ‘Christianity’ – Doctrine as the normative boundary to a Christian tradition – The changing goals and aims of Christian practices – The hermeneutical problem of using the Bible as authority – Narrative identity as a way of finding the value of past tradition.