Regensburg and Regensburg II:: Trying to Reconcile Irreconcilable Differences on Justification

Tuesday, 01 Sep 1998

Is faith efficacious because it apprehends Christ or because it transforms? Regensburg wanted it both ways.
When in 1618 the Reformed theologian J. H. Alsted (1588-1638) declared that the Protestant doctrine of justification is that "article of faith by which the church stands or falls" (articulus stantis et candentis ecclesiae), he was only repeating what all Protestants had learned from Martin Luther and what all true Protestants and evangelicals still believe. (1) Thus, from the point of view of historic Protestant orthodoxy, it is remarkable that since the early 1980s, on more than one occasion, Protestants and Roman Catholics have reached (apparent) agreement ...

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