Abstract and Keywords
Dogmatic interpretations of Luther’s treatment of Christ’s atoning work dominated much of nineteenth- and twentieth-century assessment of his Christology and soteriology. Marc Lienhard and Ian Siggins moved toward more careful historical research into Luther’s appropriation and adaptation of medieval views of Christ’s two natures, focused on the communication of attributes which Luther refined in his dispute with Zwingli over the Lord’s Supper. Luther abandoned emphasis on the imitation of Christ for focus on his atoning work for the sinner’s reconciliation with God and the liberation of sinners from all forms of evil. Stressing Christ’s being ‘for us’ and the trust that grasps him, Luther taught that Christ is present through faith for the forgiveness, comfort, and guidance of believers.
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