Faithlife Corporation

Business Hours

Monday – Saturday
6 AM – 6 PM PST
Local: 10:28 PM
Dogmatic Theology, Vol. 2: Authority, Ecclesiastical and Biblical
See inside
This image is for illustration only. The product is a download.

Dogmatic Theology, Vol. 2: Authority, Ecclesiastical and Biblical


Longman 1908

Runs on Windows, Mac and mobile.


When the Bible seems to conflict with reason, which should we trust? And what is the relationship between the church’s authority and biblical authority? In Volume Two of Dogmatic Theology, Hall argues that three conflicting sources of knowledge about God and the world constantly vie for our attention and allegiance: ecclesiastical authority, biblical authority, and reason. Each is vital and necessary—along with human experience and the grace of God—for attaining knowledge of God. But in many cases, reason, Scripture, and the Church contradict one another. Whom should we trust?

In this volume, Hall shows how biblical authority, ecclesiastical authority, and the faculties of reason do not stand in opposition, but can all reinforce one another. Each expands our knowledge of God and the world and enriches the process of spiritual growth. Hall outlines a broad history of ecclesiastical authority and the tradition of the church, including the church councils and the development of the creeds. He also argues that biblical interpretation cannot be done apart from the church, since modern interpretation inherits 2,000 years of Christians, who have attempted to understand the words of Jesus in their own historical and social context. In the end, Hall explains that biblical authority, ecclesiastical authority, and reason often coalesce to expand our knowledge of God, the church, and the world. This volume helps us find points of intersection—rather than disparity—and helps deepen our theological understanding.

Product Details

  • Title: Dogmatic Theology, Vol. 2: Authority, Ecclesiastical and Biblical
  • Author: Francis Joseph Hall
  • Series: Francis J. Hall Theology Collection
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green, & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1908
  • Pages: 300

About Francis Joseph Hall

Francis Joseph Hall was a prominent Episcopal theologian in America during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He was born in 1857 in Ashtabula, Ohio, and graduated from Racine College in 1882. He was ordained in 1886 and became professor of dogmatic theology at Western Seminary in Chicago, where he remained until 1913. Hall died in 1933.