A Rose in Bloom: Luther’s Reformation at 500

Posted November 3, 2017 6:59 am by Editor

In many ways, Lutherans occupy an unusual space in world Christendom—too “Catholic” for their Baptist friends and too “Baptist” for Roman Catholics. The hallmarks of what we consider Protestant Evangelicalism are all there: salvation through Christ alone, received by grace alone through faith alone; and beliefs grounded in the ultimate authority of Scripture alone. Yet Lutherans at their most authentic have a decidedly “catholic” aura about them. They recognize the tradition of the church, though not infallible, as providing a guide that norms our interpretation of Scripture. They practice a sacramental piety, recognizing baptism, communion, and absolution as means by

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