Kissing conservatism goodbye

“Not those who repeat the doctrine most faithfully, but those who reflect upon it most faithfully so that they can then expound it as their own doctrine, are their [Luther’s and Calvin’s] most faithful pupils. . . This may mean deviation and contradiction as regards the historical form of their doctrine. The Church of today would not be accepting them if it were simply accepting or reproducing them in their historical form. It would be accepting them not as the Church of today, not obedient to its own calling along the lines of the Reformation, but as an institute of antiquities–the worst dishonour of which it could be guilty for all its well-meant veneration.” (I/2, 619)

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