Sacramental Validity Under Sola Fide and According to the Gospel Promise

The Singular Divine Sacrament In this post I will examine what makes a sacrament "valid", under the assumptions of the Lutheran Sola Fide. Firstly, according to the Lutheran Sola Fide, there is in actual fact only one single sacrament: The preaching of the Gospel promise. This sacramental promise is effective ex opere operato in the … Continue reading Sacramental Validity Under Sola Fide and According to the Gospel Promise

Objective and Subjective Salvation

I think it is helpful when approaching the Catholic/Protestant debate concerning salvation and justification, to draw a distinction between objective salvation and justification, and subjective salvation and justification. This is another application of absurdity: the seeming conflict between God's eternal perspective and our individual subjective perspectives. In this case God's perspective is the objective salvation/justification, … Continue reading Objective and Subjective Salvation

Catholics should embrace “Simul Iustus Et Peccator”

A classic formula of Luther is simul iustus et peccator - simultaneously justified and a sinner. This formula concisely sums up the reformation view of justification. Traditionally, the Catholic Church has taken issue with this formula, however I argue that it really doesn't need to; it doesn't take much effort to interpret the formula such … Continue reading Catholics should embrace “Simul Iustus Et Peccator”