Martin Luther on Justification


The Protestant Reformation began when German theologian Martin Luther (1483-1546) nailed his 95 theses on the church door at Wittenberg. Luther believed that justification comes by faith alone. For Luther, good works do not earn a place with God, rather, good works are a natural product of the believer’s love for God.


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Thomas J. Burke is the William and Berniece Grewcock Professor in the Humanities at Hillsdale College. He received his B.A. from Baylor University, his M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, his M.A. from Michigan State University, a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University.