Thursday, September 28, 2006

Axe to Grind Series № 4


This fourth entry into the Axe to Grind Series has the Arminian Wesley taking issue with the Calvinist reformer, Martin Luther. In his Journal entry for June 15, 1741 Wesley deconstructs a book from Luther:

"I set out for London, and read over in the way that celebrated book, Martin Luther’s comment on the Epistle to the Galatians. I was utterly ashamed. How have I esteemed this book, only because I heard it so commended by others; or, at best, because I had read some excellent sentences occasionally quoted from it! But what shall I say, now I judge for myself? now I see with my own eyes? Why, not only that the author makes nothing out, clears up not one considerable difficulty; that he is quite shallow in his remarks on many passages, and muddy and confused almost on all; but that he is deeply tinctured with mysticism throughout and hence often dangerously wrong."

Well, John, tell us what you really think!