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Luther’s moral synthesis: occamism, Christian mysticism and the idea of being

A. Raath
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 44, No 2 | a152 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v44i2.152 | © 2010 A. Raath | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 July 2010 | Published: 25 July 2010

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A. Raath, Department of Constitutional Law & Philosophy of Law, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

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To Luther human beings can only come to true redemptive knowledge through the Word and through faith. Although philosophical knowledge in the domain of man’s earthly exis-tence cannot provide him with true knowledge in matters of faith, such knowledge is of much importance for man’s earthly existence from a moral point of view. By submitting to universal being even unbelievers can gain valuable insights into moral matters. Such moral insights are important for making human co-existence possible in society. Within the broad context of Luther’s Occamist views on knowledge, both German mysticism and the Stoic-Ciceronian idea of being contribute towards a synthesis from which Luther’s views on morals in matters of faith and philosophy respectively emanate.


Cicero; Idea Of Being; Luther; Mysticism


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