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The Progress of Dogma

By James Orr

The Progress of Dogma

The Progress of Dogma

By James Orr

A study of the development of doctrine in the unfolding history of the Christian church.

Series: Library of Ecclesiastical History
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Print Hardback

ISBN: 9780227171929

Specifications: 216x140mm (8.5x5.5in), 372pp

Published: May 2003


Print Paperback

ISBN: 9780227171912

Specifications: 216x140mm (8.5x5.5in), 372pp

Published: May 2003


The author traces the organic unity of doctrine in the ongoing history of the Christian church. Orr, whose grasp of the literature was unequalled, saw how doctrine had developed as a reaction to some particular dispute in each era.

The book also describes the relationship between the development of doctrinal ideas and the spread of Christianity.


I. Idea of Course – Relation of Dogma to its History –
     Parallelism of Logical and Historical Developments
II. Early Apologetic and Fundamental Religious Ideas –
     Controversy with Paganism and Gnosticism (second century)
III. The Doctrine of God; Trinity and Deity of Son and Spirit –
     Monarchian, Arian and Macedonian Controversies (third and fourth centuries)
IV. Arian and Macedonian Controversies continued (fourth century)
V. The Doctrine of Man and Sin; Grace and Pre-destination –
     Augustinian and Pelagian Controversies (fifth century)
VI. The Doctrine of the Person of Christ –
     The Christological Controversies: Apollinarian, Nestorian, Eutychian,
     Monophysite, Monothelite (fifth to seventh centuries)
VII. The Doctrine of Atonement –
     Anselm and Abelard to Reformation (eleventh to sixteenth centuries)
VIII. The Doctrine of the Application of Redemption; Justification by Faith; Regeneration, etc. –
     Protestantism and Roman Catholicism (sixteenth century)
IX. Post Reformation Theology: Lutheranism and Calvinism –
     New Influences acting on Theology and their Results
     in Rationalism (seventeenth to eighteenth centuries)
X. Modern Restatement of the Problems of Theology –
     The Doctrine of the Last Things (nineteenth century)


James Orr was Professor of Apologetics and Systematic Theology at United Free Church College, Glasgow. He was educated at Glasgow University and Theological Hall of UP Church. He worked as an examiner for degrees in Philosophy at Glasgow University.

He is also the author of: The Ritschlian Theology and the Evangelical Faith (1897), Early Church History and Literature (1901), Essays on Ritschlianism (1903), The Bible Under Trial (1907) and Sidelights on Christian Doctrine (1909).

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