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The Christian Life

Reinhard Hütter

in The Oxford Handbook of Systematic Theology

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780199245765
Published online September 2009 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199245765.003.0017

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

The Christian Life

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The Christian life, in its essence, is life with the triune God made possible by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ – a life of faith, hope, and charity, exercised in prayer, worship, and discipleship. This article focuses upon the most salient controversial issues that shape the various contemporary theological accounts of the Christian life and hence constitute the fundamental options for future theological reflection. Because there is no fundamental disciplinary difference between Christian theology and Christian ethics, the Christian life has traditionally been treated as a topic of dogmatic theology. The discussion treats the Christian life as the focus of the multiple controversies that have shaped Christian theology since the Reformation – controversies pertaining to sin, perfection, and the role of the law; and to salvation, human cooperation, the church, the sacraments, and the relationship between faith and love for the very constitution of the Christian life.

Keywords: Christianity; triune God; Jesus Christ; theological reflection; Christian theology; Christian ethics; dogmatic theology

Article.  9176 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion

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