Essential vs. Peripheral Doctrine

From the Crossway blog: The ability to discern the relative importance of theological issues is vital to the health and unity of the church. There are four categories of importance into which theological issues can fall: Absolutes: Define the core beliefs of Christian faith. Convictions: While not core beliefs, these may have significant impact on the health and effectiveness of the church. Opinions: Views or personal judgments generally not worth dividing over. Questions: Currently unsettled issues. The category into which each theological issue falls should be examined in light of eight different considerations. Biblical clarity Relevance to the character of God Relevance to the essence of the gospel Biblical frequency and significance (how often in Scripture it is taught, and what weight Scripture places upon it) Effects on other doctrines Consensus among Christians (past and present) Effect on personal and church life Current cultural pressure to deny a teaching of Scripture All of these categories should be evaluated collectively when

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