4 jul. 2013

Does it sound to you?

Luther's opinion about indulgences (a current reading):

"The people, though, expect indulgences (i.e. welfare state) to give them complete remission of sins (i.e. to become rich) and the kingdom of heaven (i.e. G-8), and so, by neglecting genuine repentance (i.e. hard work), they sin (i.e. become poor). External forgiveness (i.e. debt) remits temporal punishment (i.e. increases the fictious wealth) here (in Spain) or in purgatory (i.e. abroad). But it does not remove the fundamental evil nature (i.e. want to be rich without working), nor does it increase love (i.e. profit) or inner virtue (i.e. productivity), something that is a prerequisite for entering the kingdom of God (i.e. G-8).”

Variation over a text in M. Brecht. Martin Luther: his Road to Reformation, 1483-1521. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1993, p. 189.

Is that clear?

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