The Intellectual Context 2


in Luther’s Legacy

Published in print May 1994 | ISBN: 9780198263524
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191682599 | DOI:
The Intellectual Context 2

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This chapter outlines aspects of continental Reformation theology which are particularly relevant for an understanding of the cause and nature of English Reformation thought. The English Reformers had two distinctive Reformation traditions upon which they drew the development of their theology: the Lutheran, and the Reformed. The Lutheran tradition stressed that justification by faith, with its various implications for the understanding of the cross, law and gospel, and predestination, lay at the heart of the Church's proclamation. The Reformed tradition distinguished itself from Lutheranism in terms of its Eucharistic doctrine, where the elements were understood in symbolic terms and were closely linked to the understanding of the bible in terms of a single covenant. It also differs in terms of its greater emphasis on actual righteousness as vital part of Christian life.

Keywords: Luther; reformed heritage; continental Reformation; sacraments; proclamation; Reformed

Chapter.  11128 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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