Luther: On Impractical Speculative Theology

Divinity consists in use and practice, not in speculation and meditation. Every one that deals in speculations, either in household affairs or temporal government, without practice, is lost and nothing worth. When a tradesman makes his account, how much profit he shall reap in the year, but puts nothing in practice, he trades in vain speculations, and finds afterwards that his reckoning comes far too short. And thus it goes also with speculating divines, as is seen to this day, and as I know by experience. — Martin Luther

2 thoughts on “Luther: On Impractical Speculative Theology

  1. Joel 28 Oct 2010 at 11:20 am

    Jim, I know that this is about theology and all, but seems to me that Martin most likely would like our economic system which is built almost entirely on speculation which, as he said…


    • Jim 28 Oct 2010 at 11:24 am



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