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Did Nicholas of Cusa Teach Sola Fide? ::: justification debates

Tim Enloe entitled his post, “Nicholas of Cusa on Justification by Faith Alone,” giving me the impression that he thinks the Reformation doctrine sola fide was taught 30 years before Martin Luther by Nicholas of Cusa.  Unfortunately, it appears to me to be a misunderstanding (read my comments in the thread).  It really all depends on what you mean by sola fide, what you mean by justification, what you mean by faith alone, and how you understand the nature of justifying righteousness, whether you distinguish between present and future justification, etc.  The doctrine of justification was not articulated exactly the same way by all the famous Reformers during the Reformation (read: they didn’t believe the same thing), although it was crystalized later in orthodox creeds.  Much confusion surrounds the debates about sola fide and historical investigation is usually highjacked by people with noticeable agendas other than historical objectivity (and this is human nature).

———————————–Evangelical Catholicity———————————

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1 Comment

  1. beetlebabee says:

    Have you seen this Demographic Winter video? I saw it over on Kingfisher Column, the decline of the family has huge economic impact. This thing is chilling.

    http://beetlebabee.wordpress.com/2008/12/06/demographic-winter/

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