"In order that the mind may not be taxed, moreover, by the manifold and confused reading of so many such things, and in order to prevent the escape of something valuable that we have read, heard, or discovered through the process of thinking itself, it will be found very useful to entrust to notebooks ... those things which seem noteworthy and striking."

[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]

Luther transformed the vision of the Christian life from a religion and piety centered on ritual performance of sacramental actions that supposedly provides grace to enable fulfillment of God’s commands—to practice and piety that depends on the proclamation of God’s Word and its reception through trust in God’s promise.

[Reformation: Robert Kolb, Luther and the Stories of God]

Posted by Jeff on 08.25.2011

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