The Justification of the Guilty, Not the Righteous

Saturday, 01 Nov 1997

The Law and the Gospel, on the point of justification, are completely contradictory.
In an article published in America, January 29, 1994, English professor Brian Abel Ragen, a lay Roman Catholic, observes that a good number of Protestant hymns have made their way into the Mass. He laments not only that the "reforms" since the 1960s have produced a rash of tacky imitation pop music, but that the older Protestant hymns themselves have been revised. These hymns haven't been changed by Catholics because of their Protestant theology, but because of a force that appears greater than either tradition: modernity. "Amazing Grace," Ragen points out, now ...

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