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The Emergence of the Canonical Heritage of the Church

William J. Abraham

in Canon and Criterion in Christian Theology

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780199250035
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600388 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199250030.003.0002
 The Emergence of the Canonical Heritage of the Church

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The Church of the first millennium assembled a complex canonical heritage of materials, practices, and persons. Minimally these involved various lists or canons of doctrine, scripture, saints, bishops, Fathers and teachers, ecclesial regulations, icons, and liturgy. These functioned together to initiate new believers into the life of faith, together they operated as a complex network of means of grace. While they mediated special divine revelation, they were not reducible to such revelation.

Keywords: bishops; doctrine; fathers; icons; liturgy; means of grace; saints; special revelation

Chapter.  13029 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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