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date: 19 June 2019

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In his theses for the Heidelberg Disputation (1518) Luther developed his theology of the cross, better, the practice of the theologian of the cross, in contrast to practising a theology of glory. Acknowledging fundamental paradoxes in scriptural thought, Luther combined the power of God’s ‘weak, foolish’ Word with Christ’s cross and focused on the cross as both the objective act of God in Christ, dying for human sin, and the subjective experience of the cross in the injustice of the world in which believers live. Luther drew from this his distinctions between God Hidden and God Revealed, differentiating God hidden in majesty beyond the grasp of creatures and sinners, and God revealing himself sub contraria specie, in ways contradictory to human wisdom.

Keywords: theology, theologian of the cross, theologian of glory, God Hidden, God Revealed

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