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Joachim Mörlin And Martin Chemnitz: Towards A Synthesis Of Extremes

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Martin Chemnitz, Melanchthon's student and a specialist in patristic theology, was one of the leading figures in early Lutheranism. His formulation of the doctrine of justification can be positioned in a category between Osiander and Flacius. This chapter concentrates mainly on Martin Chemnitz's view on justification. The analysis begins with Chemnitz's close friend and colleague, Joachim Mörlin. Since justification has an incarnatory foundation for them - the merit of Christ being inseparable from His person - justification requires participation in Christ. Chemnitz is studied in more detail than his contemporaries because he has been regarded as the leading theologian of second-generation Lutheranism. Mörlin's anti-osiandrian strategy culminated in the realistic nature of the communicatio idiomatum. This examination of Mörlin and Chemnitz reveals their distance from the pneumatological anthropology of Melanchthon and his way of explaining the nature of justification and renewal.

Keywords: anti-osiandrian strategy; communicatio idiomatum; doctrine of justification; Flacius; incarnated Christ; Joachim Mörlin; Lutheranism; Martin Chemnitz; Melanchthon; patristic theology



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