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Luther on Miracles

Philip M. Soergel

in Miracles and the Protestant Imagination

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199844661
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932856 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199844661.003.0002

Series: Oxford Studies in Historical Theology

Luther on Miracles

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This chapter looks at three dimensions of Martin Luther’s teaching concerning miracles: his famous critique of the miracles long credited to the saints, his use of natural wonders to create propaganda for the early Reformation movement, and his attempts to reform belief in the supernatural and to foster a sense of divine presence within the developing evangelical church. Although he often discredited traditional beliefs in the power of the saints and argued that miracles were distinctly inferior forms of communication when compared to the power of the Scriptures, Luther admitted the reality of many wonders all the same. Thus his theology left open a space in which belief in natural wonders and signs might flourish in the new religion.

Keywords: Martin Luther; miracles; cult of the saints; natural signs and wonders; portents; angels

Chapter.  14576 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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