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Reformation Principles
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1. By the term “Reformation principles” the Formula of Concord and Protestant orthodoxy1) understand negatively slanted formulations of the doctrine of justification, above all sola fide, “by faith alone,” on the basis of Martin Luther’s (1483–1546) rendering of Romans 3:28 (see LW 35.187ff.; Faith 3.5.3). This exclusion of works as a ground of justification does not mean the isolating of faith but singles out justifying faith because it receives the righteousness of Christ that is given by grace alone. The formula thus has the implication of solus Christus (Christ alone) and sol…

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Slenczka, Notger, “Reformation Principles”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 18 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_R.20>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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