Date of Award
Master of Divinity (MDiv)
Excerpt: "Word and sacrament is central to Luther's theology. No adequate introduction to Luther can pass over this aspect of his thought, In every matter, whether it be the study of Luther's doctrine of justification, of his ethics, or any other fundamental teaching, we are forced to consider this concept.
In modern times, however, sacramental thought on the whole, has not been looked on favorably. Sacramental theology does not lend itself well to the rationality of the twentieth century mind. A mystery which cannot be further explained is an anomaly in a structure where everything has an answer. It is incomprehensible to modern man that some mysteries defy explanation."
Isaac, Gordon Lincoln, "Word and Sacrament: An Introduction to Luther's Sacramental Theology" (1980). Western Evangelical Seminary Theses. 265.