An Answer to “Dwight’s” Question

A couple days ago I posted a quote about Lutheran Theology from Stephen Paulson.  Here’s the quote in full:

“Lutheran theology starts where all others end.  Virtue is not the goal of life, virtue is our problem.  Religion is not given for morality; it is there to end it.  The picture of progress upward to happiness is toppled, and in its stead is the apocalyptic end of righteousness in this world so that only Christ remains, who alone is righteous in the eyes of God.”

At first I hesitated to post this because it is slightly vague, confusing  and without a background in Lutheran theology it might be misunderstood.  This said, I posted it because I thought it perfectly described what I have observed to be the end result of most Lutheran theology: only Jesus remains. Continue reading