Scholarship: Luther and Melanchthon

“As a person whose life unfolded in the lecture hall and in diplomatic negotiations, Melanchthon faced a different challenge than did Luther, who remained preacher even before his students, in striking the delicate balance between holding God’s and human responsibility in tension, on the one hand, and on the the other, attempting clear explanations for curious learners or hostile negotiators for the other side. Melanchthon strove his entire life to reach this balance through the Wittenberg way of practicing theology as he sought to divide the Word of truth in Wittenberg or Augsburg, Regensburg, and Worms” (Kolb, Bound Choice, pgs 101-102).

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