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I finished polishing Vol. 3b and have moved on to Vol. 2a. So many times I run into Pieper's teachings and want to run to my blog to highlight the clearest Christian teaching in the 20th Century. Here is another. On page 22 of the German and English editions, Pieper hammers home what makes the Lutheran Church Lutheran: UNIVERSAL Grace. This is why it is the Evangelical Lutheran Church. And so why is the German edition even greater than the English edition in some respects? It is because Pieper and the Lutheran Confessions emphasize their words (bolding or underlining or italics) over and over with emphasis that is missing in the English edition of Christian Dogmatics.
What follows is my translation of Pieper's teaching with its corresponding footnote # 61 (previously quoted in this blog). All bold/underlined words are Pieper's and that of the Lutheran Confessions. Hyperlinks are mine.
The emphasis of words shown above is missing in the English edition, but I want to restore the emphasis here to highlight The Lutheran Difference of the Lutheran Church... the one that Prof. Franz Pieper emphasized his whole life.
Q: Who was the confessional Lutheran teacher for the 20th Century (also here and now)?
A: Franz Pieper