The Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification: So Much More Exciting Than It Sounds

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This bulkily named declaration is exciting, first of all, because it’s the first time ever that the Lutheran and Catholic churches mutually committed to a statement about the Christian faith. Given the range and depth of their accusations against each other all these centuries, the JD is nothing short of miraculous. It’s also exciting because […]

On the Way to the Joint Declaration

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Since Lutherans have said for centuries now (to be precise, since Franz Turretini in 1682) that the doctrine of justification is the doctrine on which the church stands or falls, it’s not surprising that it has been central to Lutheran-Catholic discussions. Four heavy-hitter statements deserve notice: “The Gospel and the Church,” popularly called the Malta […]

Wait, Wait… continued

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The question at hand is: how is ecumenism even possible? If we disagreed enough in the past to split into different churches, how can we claim sudden agreement now without totally selling out everything we believe in? I already covered the possibility of misunderstanding. Now I’ll turn to the matter of differing traditions within each […]