How Luther discovered the doctrine of justification by faith alone

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How the Protestant Reformation started

One of the decisive doctrines to emerge from the Protestant Reformation—and central to Luther’s theology—was the doctrine of justification by faith alone (sola fide).

But when and how did Luther come to his new understanding of this doctrine?

Rather than seeing his theological discovery as a single decisive event, we should view it more as a gradual process.

Let’s take a look.

Luther’s early encounters with Romans and Psalms

Between 1513 and 1516, Luther lectured on the Psalms and Romans. It is clear from these texts that he was beginning to think differently about how the individual sinner finds forgiveness from God.

He retained some of the older traditional concepts alongside his radical new ideas. Only after some years of biblical study under the inspiration of the theology of Augustine did Luther arrive at a more fully formed distinctive…

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[Common Places] Reading Notes: Faith Alone

Erik Herrmann on 8 months ago. Tagged under ,,,.

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This year we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation, looking back to Martin Luther’s 95 Theses and the theological debates kick-started by their posting. The Reformation continues to be lauded, cajoled, and debated in circles of all sorts today. At Common Places we will begin the year by focusing on some of the central principles and most relevant texts that shaped early Reformation theology and that have continued that conversation in the centuries that followed. Each month we will begin with a post related to an ongoing book project from Zondervan Academic that addresses the five solas of Reformation theology. We will then conclude each month with an annotated reading guide on classic and contemporary works that address that particular principle.

In…

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[Common Places] The Five Solas: Faith Alone

Thomas Schreiner on 9 months ago. Tagged under ,,,.

This year we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation, looking back to Martin Luther’s 95 Theses and the theological debates kick-started by their posting. The Reformation continues to be lauded, cajoled, and debated in circles of all sorts today. At Common Places we will begin the year by focusing on some of the central principles and most relevant texts that shaped early Reformation theology and that have continued that conversation in the centuries that followed. Each month we will begin with a post related to an ongoing book project from Zondervan Academic that addresses the five solas of Reformation theology. We will then conclude each month with an annotated reading guide on classic and contemporary works that address that particular principle.

Lucas_Cranach_d.Ä._-_Martin_Luther,_1528_(Veste_Coburg)Introduction Should Protestants continue to celebrate…

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eBook Sale – I “Heart” Theology

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Well known research shows that theology books top most wish-lists on Valentine’s Day. In an effort to make Valentine’s Day shopping both successful and economical for you, we have gathered the finest of theological thinkers into an eBook sale.

I “Heart” Theology eBook Sale

Save up to 74% on over a dozen titles including:

A Theology of Mark’s Gospel (NEW!) | David E. Garland | Sale: $7.99 9780310270881

This landmark textbook, written by leading New Testament scholar David E. Garland, thoroughly explores the theology of Mark’s Gospel. It both covers major Markan themes and also sets forth the distinctive contribution of Mark to the New Testament and the canon of Scripture, providing readers with an in-depth and holistic grasp…

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Top 10 Theology Books Your SBL, ETS Book Bag Will Crave

Jeremy Bouma on 2 years ago. Tagged under ,,,,,,,,,,.

Yes, it’s that time of year again: the gauntlet of AAR/SBL and ETS plenary sessions, lectures, meetings, and receptions.

We know it can be an overwhelming and stressful season. On top of adding that final polish and flair to your presentation, you’ve got to pack your suitcase “just so,” so that you have room for the bounty of books you know you won’t be able to resist. So we thought we’d lend a helping hand by charting a course for your book-buying adventure.

Below are the top theology resources your book bag will crave this season, and for which your carry-on will probably resent you.

They represent the latest, cutting edge research and scholarship in Reformation studies, biblical theology, dogmatic theology, and historical theology.

So print this list and take it with you. Your book…

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Free Grace? – An Excerpt from Faith Alone

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Faith Alone

Many have a hard time reconciling the words of Paul with the words of James on faith and works. Does “faith without deeds is useless” discount “faith alone”? In this excerpt from Faith Alone, Thomas Schreiner explores both, bringing the two into tension. Consider this excerpt from the first book in the “5 Solas Series.”

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When some hear the Reformation cry of sola fide — “Faith alone!” — they assume that it means that good works are an optional part of the Christian life or that they play no role at all in our final justification or salvation. Such a perspective radically misunderstands the NT witness, while also distorting the historical and biblical meaning of sola fide. The NT clearly teaches that bare faith cannot save, and…

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Does the Bible Teach ‘Faith Alone’?

Jeremy Bouma on 2 years ago. Tagged under ,,,,,.

Faith AloneSola fide has been the rallying cry for generations of Christians. Yet in his new book Tom Schreiner wonders, “Does sola fide still matter today?”

Faith Alone is one of five new resources exploring the five sola rallying cries of the Reformation (including sola scriptura, solus Christus, sola gratis, and soli Deo gloria). In this volume Schreiner offers a historical, biblical and theological tour of the doctrine of justification.

Last week we examined one reason why ‘faith alone’ matters: the early church taught it. Schreiner makes the point, though, that “as Protestants we believe in sola scriptura. We must, in the end, turn to what the Scriptures say and cannot simply rely on tradition or interpretations from the past.” (97)

In other words, does the Bible teach faith alone?

Schreiner leads…

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Using an Outdated Term? – An Excerpt from Faith Alone

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Faith Alone“What is the solution to this mess called sin?” This is one of the most important questions the Gospel answers. In Faith Alone — the first book in the “5 Solas Series” — Thomas Schreiner reminds us that salvation is by faith alone, and how fundamental this is to the Gospel. Read the introduction here, then order your copy of Faith Alone today.

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One of the five rallying cries of the Reformation was the statement that we are saved by faith alone — sola fide! These words declared that salvation does not come from looking at our own works of righteousness, but from looking outside ourselves to another, to the person and work of Jesus Christ. This statement grew out of a desire to return to the biblical…

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Did the Early Church Teach ‘Faith Alone’?

Jeremy Bouma on 2 years ago. Tagged under ,,,,.

Faith AloneDoes sola fide still matter today? Is the notion of justification by faith alone merely a relic of past doctrinal debates?

Tom Schreiner addresses these questions and more in his new book Faith Alone, one of five new resources exploring the five sola rallying cries of the Reformation. It offers a historical, biblical and theological tour of the doctrine of justification, and concludes with contemporary challenges to it.

He believes sola fide “should continue to be taught and treasured today because it summarizes biblical teaching…” (15) Schreiner tours how the church has understood this teaching, beginning with the early church. Because as he writes, “By affirming sola fide, we are not saying that we believe the true church only arose in the sixteenth century…we stand in the deepest appreciation of believers…

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