While we are on about favourite visitors to this blog, Lucian gets a gong. In his usual style he has gone off on a real tangent in the combox of my “Welcome home Past Elder” blog. Pastor Weedon falls for it and takes the bait…
But I do agree with this:
1) The art of interpreting the extremely complex thoughts of Martin Luther is severely stifled (if not trampled upon) by Lutheran theology and theologians. Always has been and always will be. In that sense, Lucian is right when he asserts that “Lutheranism is Lutheranism and Luther is Luther”. They are not the same thing.
2) Pastor Weedon asserts (quoting my old teacher Henry Hamann in support) that “What is Lutheran is the faith confessed in the Book of Concord; Lutheranism these days is at all points of tension with that”. He is certainly right with regard to the second thesis, but there are and have been many who call themselves “Lutheran” who would debate the prior thesis. In this context, Herman Sasses’s famous “Was Heisst Lutherisch?” is probably the equivalent of Pilate’s “What is truth?”.