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St. James’ Sunday Bible Study Lectures
February 9, 2020 @ 11:45 am - 1:00 pm
The Distinctive Issues of the Latin West
Lecture # 20
Feb. 9, 2020 11:45 am. To 1:00 pm.
The 4th and 5th centuries, dominated by theological disputes over the Trinity and Christology in the East, also saw the development of a flourishing Latin Christianity, especially in Italy, Gaul, and North Africa—one that also included controversies. Although Latin authors contributed to the larger theological debates, the issues distinctive to the West tended to be less theoretical than pastoral and ecclesial: Who belongs to the church and on what grounds? Is the church a pure sect of the sanctified, or is it a body that includes the weak and the flawed? What are the grounds and requirements of salvation, and what is the degree of human involvement in salvation?