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Theses on the Article of Justification: A Refutation of the aclc’s Critique: Part Ten

Posted on May 21, 2014 by Rev. Stefanski in Blog, Justification
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    Part Ten: Picking Cherries Is a Fine Pursuit, but Not Very Useful for Theology     Concerning Thesis 8, the ACLC says, “This particular thesis again fails to identify a difference in teaching. In fact, it appears to assert that there is no substantive difference: ‘has the same effect…’” At this point one…

Theses on the Article of Justification: A Refutation of the aclc’s Critique: Part Nine

Posted on May 6, 2014 by Rev. Stefanski in Blog, Justification
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    Part Nine: What’s the Point of Stating Things with Which Everyone Agrees?     Regarding Thesis 7, the ACLC asks, “What is the point of this thesis?” One of the failures of the ACLC throughout this process has been their thought that each thesis must point directly to a concrete exemplar and then…

Theses on the Article of Justification: A Refutation of the aclc’s Critique: Part Eight

Posted on April 9, 2014 by Rev. Stefanski in Blog, Justification
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    Appeal to an Expert or Evidence from Original Sources? The ACLC response to Thesis 6 demonstrates that its pastors neither understand the purpose of these theses nor the commonly held terminology of Lutheran theology. The reasons that the theses do not approach the topic by simply going passage by passage exegetically should be…

Theses on the Article of Justification: A Refutation of the aclc’s Critique: Part Seven

Posted on April 4, 2014 by Rev. Stefanski in Blog, Justification
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    Part Seven: Theses Two through Five     Regarding our second thesis, the ACLC bases their response on their false accusation of equivocation in the first thesis. But, they are not done making false accusations. They write: In the theses that follow, we find that the ELDoNA views those who hold to the…

Theses on the Article of Justification: A Refutation of the aclc’s Critique: Part Six

Posted on March 31, 2014 by Rev. Stefanski in Blog, Justification
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    Part Six: Our First Thesis Elicits Bad Behavior (and Even Worse Argumentation)     With regard to our first thesis, the ACLC horribly miscasts an illustration used by Pr. Rydecki on a blog in an attempt to portray him—and thereby the whole diocese—as having redefined “paid” and misunderstanding faith as something other than…

Theses on the Article of Justification: A Refutation of the aclc’s Critique: Part Five

Posted on March 21, 2014 by Rev. Rydecki in Blog, Justification
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    Part Five: Treating Calov with respect by following his argument and paying attention to his words, Part 2     (Excursus on Calov in context continued from the previous post) Therefore, it does not at all mean that Christ was raised on account of our justification in the same way as He was…

Theses on the Article of Justification: A Refutation of the aclc’s Critique: Part Four

Posted on March 20, 2014 by Rev. Rydecki in Blog, Justification
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    Part Four: Treating Calov with respect by following his argument and paying attention to his words, Part 1   While the ACLC cites the Lutheran Fathers like Gerhard and Calov in search of proof passages for “Objective Justification,” we are interested in reading their writings in context and following their argumentation. This is…

Theses on the Article of Justification: A Refutation of the aclc’s Critique: Part Three

Posted on March 17, 2014 by Rev. Stefanski in Blog, Justification
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    Part Three: Questions of Methodology: Thoroughgoing Theology vs. ‘Slam Dunks’ The ACLC accuses us of an unbiblical method—of mere Vater Theologie, which they condemn as fallaciously appealing to authority—because we fulfill the purpose of our “Theses” by presenting what the first generations of “Lutherans” taught regarding Justification and, especially, with regard to specific…

Theses on the Article of Justification: A Refutation of the aclc’s Critique: Part Two

Posted on March 14, 2014 by Rev. Stefanski in Blog, Justification
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    Part Two: A Matter of Definition The ACLC’s critique concerning “First, a Matter of Definition” continues by introducing another red herring: there is no point in bringing up one’s supposed confusion over something said in a previous (unpublished) draft of a document, other than to paint the authors in a bad light. Thus,…

Theses on the Article of Justification: A Refutation of the aclc’s Critique: Part One

Posted on March 11, 2014 by Rev. Stefanski in Blog, Justification
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    Part One: Their Preamble and Our Preface The ACLC’s critique of our “Theses on the Article of Justification” (herein, “Theses”) demonstrates a mixture of faulty logic, inapplicable quotation, and construal of words and events in the worst possible way. Considering the enmity and inaccurate account presented in the ACLC’s critique, we find it…