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The World As Sin And Grace The Theology Of Melanchthons Loci Communes Of 1521

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This chapter examines the impact of Melanchthon's method of the loci on the substance of his Reformation theology. The Loci Communes of Melanchthon may be seen either as a theological handbook or as a kontroverstheologisches pamphlet. The locus of God's law is introduced and argumentatively tied in with sin. Sin is one of the loci, which are relevant for man's salvation and is revealed by God and meant to be known by man. Melanchthon continues with the gospel, grace, faith and justification. The meaning of grace can be known only from the description of the gospel. Just as right things are prescribed and sin is revealed through the law, so the gospel is the promise of God's grace or mercy and the remission of sin and the testimony of God's benevolence toward us. It is not a world of sin and grace but a world as sin and grace.

Keywords:God; gospel; grace; Loci Communes; Melanchthon; sin; theology



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