The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Luther's great discovery

Moments of defeat can be powerful occasions for finding God's presence

When Martin Luther began to criticize church leaders for selling indulgences, he was also criticizing the way his fellow theologians did their work. Their heavy use of abstract philosophical terms wasn't the only barrier to understanding Christian truth. As professor of Scripture at Wittenberg University, Luther became convinced that teachers of his day did not really present the God of the Bible.


It was common to stress God's greatness and grandeur, the way God could be known by every mind simply by looking at the structure of creation itself. But they continued this stress on the big, the impressive and the powerful even when it came to Christ and the church.

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