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The problem under consideration was an investigation of the doctrine of soteriology set forth by conservative evangelical theologians in the light of the New Testament usage of the term "heart" (kardia). The term "heart" (kardia) is a prominent word in the New Testament, especially in the areas referring specifically to sin and salvation from sin. Any doctrine of salvation from sin will, therefore, be greatly influenced and affected by the interpretation placed upon the New Testament writers' meaning of this word. Basically, the problem has three main areas of investigation: first, to determine the scriptural meaning of "heart" (kardia) in the New Testament passages which refer to man's deliverance from sin; second, to discover the way the scholars had handled that term in their views of soteriology; and third, to evaluate the scholars' meanings for "heart" (kardia) on the basis of the results of the New Testament analysis.

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