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5. Raisanen’s Wolfenbuttelian Turn: Dissolving the Old Systema

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Both in his popular writings and scholarly works Heikki Rӓisӓnen repeatedly brings forth examples how biblical views of particular doctrines are defective or completely false. In his normative analysis he discusses numerous issues and covers all of the main loci of traditional dogma. Rӓisӓnen's theology is close to some death-of-God writers, such as Taylor and Raschke. A deconstruction of the old Systema is never a neutral, sociological enterprise. Instead, it is a project that has ideological commitments. The detecting of these commitments is an essential part of the analysis of such movements. As regards Rӓisӓnen one can say that, even before writing his The Rise of Christian Beliefs, he has thus taken a severe stance against traditional Christian doctrine. Such a view is destined to influence his treatment of the alleged history of early Christian religion.

Keywords: early Christian religion; Heikki Rӓisӓnen; old systema; The Rise of Christian Beliefs; theological thinking



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