by PAUL WELLS in Vol. 2 No. 2 / Oct 2016

DOI: https://doi.org/10.35285/ucc2.2.2016.edi

This issue of Unio cum Christo, in the year preceding the five hundredth anniversary of Martin Luther’s 1517 posting of the Ninety-Five Theses on the church door at Wittenberg, presents several articles that touch on reformational issues and also on New Testament themes related to them.

A central issue at the time of the Reformation was freedom of conscience in the worship of God, and it is important to recall the words of Luther before Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms in April 1521 that ring across the years. Interrogated by Johann Eck and requested to answer “without horns” and repudiate his books, Luther rejoined in German:
Since Your Majesty and your lordships desire a simple reply, I will answer without horns and without teeth. Unless I am convicted by Scripture and plain reason (I do not accept the authority of popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other), my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither safe nor right.

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Vol. 2 No. 2 / Oct 2016

Editorial: Freedom of Conscience: The Reformers’ and Ours by PAUL WELLS
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The “Presentation” of the Infant Jesus in Luke 2:22–24 by MICHAEL C. MULDER
From Ignominy to Glory: Jesus’s Death and Resurrection in Calvin’s Harmony of the Gospels by W. GORDON CAMPBELL
The Holy Spirit in the Gospels by PETER A. LILLBACK
J. Gresham Machen’s The Virgin Birth of Christ: Then and Now by BERNARD AUBERT
Paul’s Preaching and Postmodern Skepticism by VERN S. POYTHRESS
What Paul Says about the Covenants in Galatians 3–4 by DONALD E. COBB
The Fourth Gospel and the Apostolic Mission: John’s Common Evangelical Theology by MATTHEW D. JENSEN
The Power of Literary Art in Revelation 12:1–6 by LEANDRO A. DE LIMA
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