On Keeping the Sabbath Holy in Martin Luther’s Catechisms and Other Writings

Hans H. Wiersma

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 7/5/2016

Issue: Sabbath (Vol. 36, No 3, Summer, 2016)

In his catechisms and other writings, Martin Luther condemned legalistic understandings of Sabbath observance on the one hand and disregard (“despising”) of the Sabbath on the other hand. Since Luther’s teachings on the Sabbath were advanced between the poles of legalism and neglect, Luther’s view of the “day of rest” may be seen as a “middle way.”

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