Reformation + 500

Next year marks the 500th anniversary of Luther’s “95 Theses,” the traditional starting point of the Protestant Reformation. Lutherans and Catholics and others are preparing for an ecumenical celebration, rooted in the supposed “consensus” on justification achieved in 1997 with the publication of the “Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification” signed by the Lutheran…

Satisfaction

As noted in an earlier post, the 1999 Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification made no mention of indulgences or of temporal punishment (neither did the explanatory Common Statement and Annex, which were also signed at the same time by the representatives of the Lutheran World Federation and the Vatican). It should come as…

Indulgences in Philadelphia

Philadelphia archdiocese celebrates its bicentennial by offering indulgences. Lutheran theologians are upset, and see this as incompatible with the 1999 Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification. John Reumann, a professor at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, said last week that Catholics’ continued use of indulgences had “negative consequences” for the Joint Declaration on…

Beckwith

Much has been said on Catholic and Protestant blogs alike about the reversion to Catholicism of former evangelical theologian Francis Beckwith. Now, some might suggest that there is something psychological rather than theological at work in the case of men in their mid-40s who return to the faith they had spurned as adolescents or young…

Justification

Paul McCain links to a post at Concordia blog about justification. He’s worried about things he hears within Lutheranism: I’ve been growing more and more concerned by articles and comments in Lutheran publications that wax on about the Incarnation but do not mention the Atonement, or articles that talk about “the real presence of Jesus”…