Concordia Theological Monthly

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Reason or Revelation?

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election, reason, grace, salvation, revelation, lutherans, doctrine, melanchthon, reformed, theologian, rationalists

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


"It will be seen from the above that our strictures of distinctive Reformed teachings can be summarized under the heads of rationalism and legalism, representing pernicious tendencies to which we all are prone and which seriously impair divine truth as revealed to us in the Holy Scriptures." (Popular Symbolics, p. 223.) We all are prone to rationalistic thinking. We Lutherans, too, need to guard against setting reason above revelation. We need it as much as any. What we have set down in the preceding articles was not addressed so much to the vulgar rationalists and the Reformed rationalists as to ourselves.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

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1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Corinthians 10:5; Acts 13:48;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars