Luther's theology is not sufficiently appreciated for its intensely incarnational and sacramental character. Recent Luther research has uncovered the intellectual roots of his thought in patristic and medieval sacramental theology, and his resultant and vigorous anti-spiritualizing impulse. Luther redefines ‘spiritual’ to mean not ‘non-material’, but impregnated with the Holy Spirit. In localizing himself in specific material and liturgical realities, God fills them with Spirit, imbues them with deifying power, and constitutes them as ‘the bodily word of the Gospel.’
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