The doctrinal convictions of popular Christianity cannot be ignored when writing the history of doctrine. The author wants to encourage evangelical Christians to become more self-conscious about doctrinal development as an evangelical phenomenon. It is argued that evangelical thinking about the doctrine of Scripture has not remained immune to change.
Wright surveys the way the early church viewed war. He demonstrates how complex the views were during the period of the early martyrs, i.e. the first three centuries. The prominence of idolatry in the Roman army complicated the attitudes of Christians. The church did not function with a worked-out public ethics.
This paper seeks to challenge the conviction that the Bible is obsolete when Christians seek for divine guidance in the matter of homosexuality. It re-examines some of the main texts and arguments commonly followed when the texts are applied. Texts considered include Genesis 19, Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9, and 1Timothy 1:10.