Query about Confessional Cross-References

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Damian McGrath | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Sep 13 2016 3:44 PM

The Systematic Theologies dataset provides references according to Patristics and Medieval. The Confessional dataset does not. It provides a very limited “ecumenical” section. Why is there not a section for early church and medieval?

Ad exemplum, to find a reference to Matthew 16:17 at the Second Council at Orange in 529, I have to look at Modern Catholic under the fourth volume of A History of the Councils of the Church.

Also, the term Ecumenical is anachronistic. I would expect documents from ecumenical discussions in this section (if Logos carried them).

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Sep 18 2016 9:10 PM

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Rick Brannan (Faithlife) | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Sep 18 2016 10:07 PM

Damian McGrath:
The Systematic Theologies dataset provides references according to Patristics and Medieval. The Confessional dataset does not. It provides a very limited “ecumenical” section. Why is there not a section for early church and medieval?

The basic problem is that *everybody* claims the "ecumenical" creeds, hence the section. Patristic (or Medieval) didn't make sense because these are claimed by all sorts of groups across the whole of church history.

The best solution? Maybe not. But we didn't think that Patristic/Medieval divide from the other theology cross-reference datasets was the best approach either.

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