Concordia Theological Monthly

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luther's works, sin, church, indulgences, punishment, confession, grace, 95 theses, absolution, heinrich, reformation

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


If being on the cover of Time magazine is the status symbol of our age, then Martin Luther has it made. The issue of March 24, 1967, carried his picture, painted by Time cover artist Lucas Cranach the Elder. There's not much left in the status department, except perhaps being named "Man of the Year" or being belatedly canonized. The latter has been seriously suggested, but the former won't happen. This is 1967, not 1517. Religion could hardly be called decisive in national or international affairs. A protest against the sale of indulgences would be meaningless. Poor Tetzel couldn't give them away, let alone sell them. There is a sense, therefore, in which the Reformation is locked in history. The observance of its anniversary might then seem to have little more than antiquarian interest for Reformation "buffs."


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Matthew 11:29; Hebrews 6:4-6; Matthew 16:19; Matthew 18:18; John 20:23; Philippians 2:21; Isaiah 48:22; Isaiah 57:21; Luke 18:9;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars