Abstract and Keywords
Seventeenth-century Lutheran theologians, preachers, and devotional writers reproduced the traditional Trinitarian theology which Luther and Melanchthon had espoused, reflecting though not emphasizing elements of Luther’s distinction of God Hidden and God Revealed. Their creative treatment of the doctrine of creation accentuated the creatio ex nihilo and the nature of God’s Word as creative, applying this insight to the recreation of sinners through the forgiveness of sins. They affirmed the fundamental goodness of creation and extended the doctrine of creation into a strong emphasis on God’s creatio continua, his providing care in the midst of tribulations that serve to call believers to repentance. Although the Lutheran dogmaticians tried to avoid detailed theodical argument they did attempt explanations that defended God from the charge that he causes evil.
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