Fascinations that Lead Away from the Cross…: The Miraculous, The Moralistic, and The Mysterious
Martin Luther opposed the "theology of the cross" to all "theologies of glory." The latter can be generally placed into three categories: three types of "ladders" we try to climb in order to see "God in the nude," as Luther put it. These ladders were mysticism, speculation, and merit. I would like to suggest a few contemporary expressions of the theology of glory along these lines.
Fascination with the miraculous
As in our Lord's day, few today who seek miracles are interested in that to which ...