Lutheran Quarterly

Summer 2023 – Martin Luther and the Flow of Faith by Mark D. Tranvik

Martin Luther’s radical and revolutionary understanding of God’s love in Christ entails a new kind of theological language. He makes a decisive break with any notion that human beings cooperate, even at a minimal level, in their relationship with God. The self does not initiate a relationship with God nor does the self cooperate with grace in an ongoing attempt to complete a process begun by faith and only fulfilled by love. For Luther, divine love is dynamic, powerful, and even dangerous. He therefore needs a language to express the disruptive and surprising character of God’s active presence in human life.

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