“Luther always wrote that Baptism removes the guilt of original sin, although the material of sin, as they call it, viz., concupiscence, remains.”*
Nope. Original sin in the Augustinian sense is total rubbish. Scripture doesn’t know it and Augustine made it up out of his own fevered and delirious mind. And if you turn to Psalm 51 you need to read the Hebrew text and not the Vulgate and its heir, the KJV.
Luther was bright, but he was a Papist about baptism, and thus wrong.
*Heinrich Schmid, The Doctrinal Theology of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Verified from the Original Sources (trans. Charles A. Hay and Henry E. Jacobs; Second English Edition, Revised according to the Sixth German Edition.; Philadelphia, PA: Lutheran Publication Society, 1889), 257.
With appreciation to the BBC for putting it together, along with others not here included:
Public notice: ‘The Shack’ is not Christian theology. It’s imaginary Hollywoodism. If you get your theology from Hollywood, well you’re nuts.
Has its own website. Enjoy.
The University of Basel is hosting this event:
Is it not the height of stupidity, in the first place, to attempt the impossible, to try to avoid God, whom they cannot avoid? In the second place, to attempt to avoid Him in so stupid a way, that they believe themselves safe among the trees, when iron walls and huge masses of mountains could not save them?
When confidence in God has been lost in this way, there follows an awful fright in the will; and when the superb gifts of wisdom and understanding have been lost, there follows the utmost stupidity, so that they attempt the impossible by the most stupid means. To such an extent original sin is an inexhaustible evil. – Martin Luther
From the lovely folk in Anhalt-Sachsen
Soon after Luthers death, visitors came to Coburg in order to see “Doctor Luther’s rooms”. In the 19th century, the remembrance of the Reformer’s stay gained increasing significance for the self-conception of the house of Saxony-Coburg. In 1844, in the context of the historicized refurbishment of the Veste, a heavily decorated “Reformer’s Room” was built, which has partly been preserved and can be visited.