Understanding Luther and "Faith Alone"

Thursday, 07 Jun 2007

E. P. Sanders mistakes the semi-Pelagianism of Second Temple Judaism for Pelagianism pure and simple, and thus misunderstands Luther's critique of the Roman Catholic Church as well as his grasp of Paul. Sanders is reacting to something that doesn't exist. He has, therefore, founded a movement with an illusory raison d'etre! Let me explain: Sanders thinks that Luther's struggle with Roman Catholicism was a struggle against Pelagianism; therefore Luther projected the straw man of Pelagianism onto Judaism. This is untrue. Luther's objection to the scholastic theology of the Roman Catholic ...

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