July 22, 2007

Doctrine and Practice

One of the best analogies I have heard with respect to the relationship between doctrine and practice is the one presented in David Scaer's paper for the first Model Theological Conference in Phoenix a few years ago. In it he argued that doctrine and practice are two sides of the same coin. Thus, to approach worship in divergent ways demonstrates an underlying theological disagreement on the nature of God, human ability in the spiritual realm, the purpose and essence of sacraments, Law and Gospel ... the list goes on.

Dr. Stuckwisch says it well in his commentary on the schizophrenic nature of the recent Synodical Convention (which could thus be applied to the Synod as a whole): "The differences in practice within the LCMS stem from real theological differences."

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