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This e-book offers short and obtainable pix of twenty of the secondary theologians of the Reformation interval. as well as describing a specific theologian, every one portrait explores one challenge in 16th-century Christian proposal. Catholic, Lutheran, Reformed, and Radical thinkers are all represented during this quantity, which serves as either an advent to the sector and a convenient reference for students.
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Even when Luther was summoned to appear before Cardinal Cajetan, Staupitz joined him in Augsburg and attempted to mediate the dispute. As soon as it became clear to Staupitz that the dispute could not be mediated and that Luther was in danger of arrest, he released Luther from his vows to the order so that Luther could act with greater freedom. After Augsburg, Luther and Staupitz corresponded and even saw each other again in Saxony. But Staupitz was frightened by the turn of events and even fearful for his own safety.
How could the church, which had been commanded to love its enemies, pray the warlike and vengeful sentiments of certain of the more martial and unforgiving Psalms? What sense did it make for a French monk who had never wandered farther east than Rouen to repeat the ancient nostalgic cries of the Israelites in exile who longed for a glimpse of Jerusalem? What signiﬁcance could a Catholic Christian, who celebrated the Feast of Corpus Christi, ﬁnd in a hymn composed for the celebration of Passover?
Justiﬁcation is simply the fruition in time of a sovereign decree of election made before time. 9 The elect are the beneﬁciaries of a covenant initiated and fulﬁlled by God in Jesus Christ. 10 There was no doubt in Staupitz’s mind that the elect would be justiﬁed. 12 The calling of the elect, their justiﬁcation, their restoration to conformity to Christ, and their ﬁnal gloriﬁcation are all covenanted mercies of God given unconditionally to the elect. Like the nominalists Staupitz had no other guarantee for human salvation than the ﬁdelity of God.