Indulgences: Luther, Catholicism, and the Imputation of Merit

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by Mary C. Moorman


At the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's 95 Theses and the dawn of the Protestant movement, this book sets forth a revised theological interpretation of the Church's practice of indulgences. The author argues that Luther's sola fide theology merely absolutized the very logic of indulgences which he sought to overthrow, while indulgences in their proper context remain an irreducible witness to the Church's corporate nuptial covenant with Christ, by which penitents are drawn into deeper fellowship with the Church and the Church's Lord.