RSS

Martin Luther, Roman Catholic prophet

30 Apr

Amazing the praise Martin Luther gets from some Roman Catholics.  Some terrific quotes from the pictured book:

“[Roman Catholic scholar Otto Herman] Pesch’s assertion that Luther is truly Catholic stemmed from the recognition that the Reformer’s teachings, while novel, reflect much of the classic Catholic tradition before the sixteenth century…. Overall Pesch concluded that Catholic theology ‘has to ask in a more unbiased manner about the contemporary consensus with the Luther of that time who has already formulated, sometimes in an uncanny way, so much of what is also today self-evident to the Catholic sense of faith’…. [Pesch] asserted that the precise differences between the two schools of Catholic Luther-studies really concerns the question whether what was ‘un-Catholic’ in the sixteenth century can be considered ‘Catholic today’.   One should view Luther’s theology as an innovative translation of the Catholic tradition that anticipated much of Catholic postconciliar understanding.  Pesch concluded that certain elements of faith that Luther articulated are readily admitted now, for example… the principle that persons are simultaneously holy and sinful…” (p. 50 and 51)

Near the end of the book, we get this quote:

“Finally, how do I justify labeling the recent Roman magisterial image of Luther as a prophet rather than merely a reformer or a teacher?… In our time when apologists for doctrine are needed increasingly, Martin Luther can be best described to Catholics as an authentic prophet whose fundamental work was highlighting the gospel that had become eclipsed by the church authorized to proclaim in.   Like men described in the Old Testament, Luther was eccentric yet brilliant, banal yet prayerful, unsystematic yet focused.  As earlier prophets had urged the recovery of Mosaic traditions within events that encapsulated their lives, so Luther’s life provided novel expressions of faith that purified Catholic tradition even as it promoted disruption among Christians.

In terms of the New Testament, James Atkinson considers Martin Luther to be a ‘prophet of the Church Catholic’ because God revealed the gospel to him with a unique clarity known through God’s “terrifying and stark otherness” (1983, 44).  He views Paul as Luther’s only comparable prophetic Christian colleague and asserts that neither Protestant nor Roman Catholic can exclude a rare person of such charisma in their understanding the gospel of Christ (Ibid., 68).  In the light of the gospel that Paul and Luther preach, their personalities are negligible for the faithful today.” (p. 151)

I would agree with this assessment.  Luther’s understanding of the true God was immense – an amazingly mature, child-like faith.

Advertisements
 
Leave a comment

Posted by on April 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
Sense & Reference

libraries and philosophy

Reliable Source (This is a)

Overcoming "Fake News" and Beyond

The Jagged Word

"What the Hell is going on!"

ROUGH TYPE

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Meditationes Sacrae (et Profanae)

A blog concerning theology, faith, the humanities, and Interesting Things

Pyromaniacs

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Blog

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Proslogion

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Blog – AlbertMohler.com

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Worldview Everlasting

Christian Television for an Age in Decay

De Profundis Clamavi ad Te, Domine

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Mercy Journeys with Pastor Harrison

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Abide in My Word

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Blogia

The Blog of LOGIA: A Journal of Lutheran Theology

Gottesdienst Online

Just another WordPress.com weblog

GetReligion

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Todd's Blog

Just another WordPress.com weblog

theologia crucis

Just another WordPress.com weblog

The Boar's Head Tavern

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Glory to God for All Things

Orthodox Christianity, Culture and Religion, Making the Journey of Faith

Eclectic Orthodoxy

"I'm a blogger, dammit, not a theologian!"

Jonathan Last Online

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Steadfast Lutherans

An international fraternity of confessional Lutheran laymen and pastors, supporting proclamation of Christian doctrine in the new media.

www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/

Just another WordPress.com site

Surburg's blog

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Beggars All: Reformation And Apologetics

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Weedon's Blog

Just another WordPress.com weblog

First Thoughts

A First Things Blog

Pastoral Meanderings

Just another WordPress.com weblog

%d bloggers like this: