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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Walther as Theologian – Part 4: Luth. Dogmaticians, Repristination

Continued from Part 3.  Table of Contents in Part 1.
Prof. Franz Pieper gives towering praise to Walther in a quote from this section:
Walther, as regards spiritual experience, theological learning, logical acumen, and the gift of presentation, certainly is not inferior to most of the old theologians of our Church; in our opinion he excels many of them in these respects.
But I will go one step further and say that the writer of this essay series stands on the same ground as C.F.W. Walther, that is Prof. Franz Pieper.
Greek and Hebrew words have not been rendered, but are displayed as ????s (question marks).  
These can be discovered from the hyperlinks to the original text in Lehre und Wehre.
Highlighting is my own.  Underlining is in original.
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I suppose I am in good company for as Walther and the old Missouri Synod were called Donatists, so was I.

I have in a previous post highlighted Walther's love of Luther's writings.  But the last quote from this section bears repeating:
A church in which Luther’s writings are not studied by the pastors in the first place, and then at their incitement by the common Christians, certainly does not have Luther’s spirit, and Luther’s spirit is the pure evangelical spirit of faith, of humility, of simplicity.
Does your church have "Luther's spirit"?

The next post is Part 5 – "Scientific" (modern) Theology

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