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Posts in the The Medieval Background of the Old Church Category

December 4th, 2013 by Rev. Jared Beaird

Will the Real Martin Luther Please Stand Up (just read him).

Martin Luther is perhaps the most popular figure of theological study, outside secondary literature on the life of Jesus Christ. As the foundational character of Protestantism, to control Luther is to control the reformation. For this reason, reconstructionist have done their best to create a Luther after their own theological image. Today it seems the Luther of faith governs the Luther of history seen with the Luther Renaissance and the Finnish School of interpretation. The former made Luther the German idealist and the later the product of Eastern Orthodoxy. Both camps removed Luther from his actual writings and the 17th c.e. confessional scholastics, who carried on his reform.

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November 6th, 2013

Nominalism and the Reformation

Luther found that by grace we are what we are in justification, declared right by an alien righteousness, that is God does not justify us because we are worthy, but by Christ who is supremely worthy. Jesus Christ hides our sin with his glory, he covers our disobedience by his obedience, and shadows our death with his death that the wrath of God can never find us. This is the gospel recovered in the Reformation.

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October 23rd, 2013

Augustine & Original Sin

This is not just dry history. Salvation is at stake in a debate that took place over 1500 years ago. Listen to this podcast and rediscover the theology and piety of one of the most influential Church Fathers.

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October 8th, 2013

The Authority of the Late Medieval Church

The late medieval church was held together by a papacy with absolute power. This old church reminds us to beware of any church government that places all authority in one man’s hands, no matter how brilliant or charismatic he may be.

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September 17th, 2013

Transubstantiation & Purgatory

The doctrine of transubstantiation of the Eucharist came to prominence in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. Using the language of Greek philosopher Aristotle Medieval Scholastics formulated the doctrine, and Christ’s body and blood became present in the Mass. He came not only to those present, but also for those in Purgatory. Receiving its name in the twelfth century, Purgatory was the intermediate state where Christians would be purified of all remaining sinfulness before they could enter heaven.

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September 3rd, 2013

The Medieval Origin of the Mass

No historical event falls out of the sky. This is true for theology. This show explains the mass in all its late medieval glory.

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