All Articles For Our Song of Hope — A Critique

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In the June 1 issue we published in toto the provisionally adopted new confession of the Reformed Church in America called “Our Song of Hope.” We suggested at that time that any Reformed person with some knowledge of our Three Forms of Unity would detect at once that the language of this proposed new confession differs sharply from that of the old creeds, and that there is an altogether different tone in “Our Song of Hope.” Personally, we feel that this difference is so obvious and that the tone and the language of this document is so completely foreign to a R

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We have already noted that this provisional confession of the Reformed Church in America is admittedly vague and ambiguous, and therefore subject to various interpretations. We have noted, too, that this provisional creed is deliberately broad and ecumenical: it is not designed to distinguish the RCA as Reformed, but purposely designed to be “catholic” and “evangelical” (p. 3), and to be such that it “will not separate the Reformed Church in America from other denominations, but on the contrary will serve to help people learn from each other’s traditions and promote unity in Christ,” (pp.

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In this part of our critique we shall consider what “Our Song of Hope” has to say about certain key doctrines of the Reformed faith. In doing this, we shall compare the statements of “Our Song” with the statements of our Three Forms of Unity; and we shall make this comparison by consulting the index provided in Appendix B of Dr. Heideman’s commentary on “Our Song.” 

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