Concordia Theological Monthly

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erfurt, luther, wittenberg, academic, augustinian order, theological, staupitz

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


The word academic is here used in the special sense of something Agreeing with scholastic rules, customs, and usages; for the age in which Luther lived was very particular in its observance of such relations. And although Luther, in his personal opinions and judgments, made use of great freedom in analyzing such customs, yet his abhorrence of any form of radicalism kept him from actions which might have been regarded as iconoclastic, also in the field of academic courtesies. In other words, while he was not necessarily conscientious and punctilious about these customs, he took part in their observance with a manifest absence of self-consciousness. It was in agreement with a principle which he copied from the great apostle, a maxim that caused him to become all things to all men if he could do so without denying the truth in any manner.


History of Christianity

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars