439. In regard to whether the tools of arts and nature are useful for theology, Martin Luther said: A knife, as a tool, can have different purposes. So good tools–languages and the arts, for example, can be useful for teaching. But other knives are weapons, made for slaughter. Many. like Erasmus, are well equipped with the language and the arts, but nevertheless make damaging mistakes. There is a distinction between a useful purpose and misuse of something. Job made that distinction when he said, “You speak like one of the foolish women [Job 2:10].” I like this text because of its distinction between the proper use of something and its misuse. (p. 267-68).
In this week’s installment from Off the Record with Martin Luther, Luther answers whether the arts and nature are helpful in theology:
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