Luther's Hagiographical Reformation of the Doctrine of Sanctification in His Lectures on Genesis (1535-1545)

Sarah Hinlicky Wilson

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 10/16/2020

Paired Article (Face to Face): Luther's Hagiographical Reformation of the Doctrine of Sanctification in His Lectures on Genesis (1535-1545)

Issue: Holiness And Discipleship (Vol. 40, No 4, Fall, 2020)

What does it mean to be a saint, to be saintly? In popular religious thought, a saint is a morally holy and often quite ethereal person. Luther rejects this, understanding that it is the presence of God’s Word on one’s lips and in their being that makes them a saint. Saints are not perfect people, but rather those in whom the saving Word of God dwells.

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