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Christian Doctrine by Joel D. Biermann

Christian Doctrine

Concordia Seminary Course

by Joel D. Biermann

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Christian Doctrine, S-080, is a preseminary couse taught by Dr. Joel D. Biermann, Assistant Professor of Systematics, during the summer at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. This course is designed to assist the student in gaining the basic undersatding of Christian doctrine, which is prerequisite for the study of theolgoy at the Seminary level. Tracks are listed in the order which they they were tuaght in class.

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Overall good - Misrepresents Catholic teaching with some stuff.
Reviewer Isaac2010
 November 30, 2010
I'm Roman Catholic, and was listening to this course in order to learn more about theology (found it on i-tunes). There is a lot of good information in this course however I noticed there are a few things that Dr. Biermann states about the Catholic faith which are incorrect. As a Roman Catholic, these stick out like a sore thumb and it's no wonder why so many protestants misunderstand what Catholic's believe.

Dr. Biermann says Catholics define mortal sin as 'unforgivable sin'. That's WRONG. The Catholic definition of mortal sin is: "Mortal sin is sin whose object is grave matter and which is also committed with full knowledge and deliberate consent". Mortal sin CAN be forgiven through the Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession.

Also - when he talks about what Catholics believe about praying to the Saints, he incorrectly states that we believe that some leftover merit which the saints earned can be used in order to earn our salvation. He also incorrectly explains what Catholics believe about purgatory & exactly what indulgences are/how they are used.

I just wanted to make it a point to warn people to take what he says about Catholics with a grain of salt.

If you want to know what the Catholic Church teaches - go to your local bookstore and buy a "Catechism of the Catholic Church" - It's all in there and you can use it as a reference book so that when you're comparing what your church believes to what Catholics believe, at least you'll be comparing it to what Catholics REALLY believe, not just what somebody THINKS the Catholic Church believes.

Thanks for reading

PS - The Sacrifice of the Mass... Catholics DO NOT "Re-sacrifice Christ " every mass, as Dr Biermann states. That is not Roman Catholic teaching AT ALL!!!
Catholic teaching is that the Sacrifice of the Mass is a participation in the Sacrifice at Calvary. - ONE Sacrifice for All Time.

Contains much I had to learn later
Reviewer kaufer59
 December 15, 2007
My courses in Christian doctrine at Concordia were an overview of Francis Pieper's Christian Dogmatics. Later I had to read widely to learn useful supplementary information. Dr. Biermann includes a lot of what I had to discover on my own. There is much good information in this series and I recommend it. Unfortunately, the audio quality is marred by very sudden changes in the audio level. Also, Dr. Biermann has a nasty cough and often clears his throat. Both of these are directly into the microphone and can be quite a shock to the ears.

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