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Merit and the Finnish Luther
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
2014 (English)In: International Journal of Systematic Theology, ISSN 1463-1652, E-ISSN 1468-2400, Vol. 16, no 3, 273-294 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The concept of merit, according to a Catholic understanding, is dictated by the nature of the divine grace that moves Christians to good works without violating their freedom. The Lutheran tradition, however, rejects the meritorious character of good works, at least in the context of salvation. In this article, it is argued that the new, Finnish Luther interpretation undermines the basis for Lutheranism’s traditional resistance to the notion of merit. A tentative conclusion is that a Lutheranism that appropriates the Finnish interpretation has reason to embrace the applicability of merit-language in soteriological contexts.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2014. Vol. 16, no 3, 273-294 p.
Keyword [en]
Merit, Martin Luther, Mannermaa school, Ecumenism
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Religious Studies
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Studies In Faiths and Ideologies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-91179DOI: 10.1111/ijst.12069ISI: 000339508400003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-91179DiVA: diva2:734457
Available from: 2014-07-17 Created: 2014-07-17 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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