Luther’s Belief in Reason
THE ESSENTIALS OF LUTHER’S ATTITUDE toward reason and philosophy are not difficult to piece together, in spite of the lack of any systematic treatise on the subject from his own pen. All that is required is a careful examination and organization of some of the allusions (both the briefer, and the more extended, ones) scattered throughout his writings. The only insurmountable hindrance would be a hopeless inconsistency, if Luther were really as muddled as some of his opponents have alleged. But such proves not to be the truth: in actual fact, Luther’s thinking in this area, as in so many others, falls into certain constantly recurring patterns, which can readily be discerned by a careful and sympathetic reader.
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