“Luther’s Peculiar Doctrine of the Imago Dei”

Bibliographic Information: 

Butler, Geoffrey. “Luther’s Peculiar Doctrine of the Imago Dei.” Evangelical Review of Theology 45, no. 2 (2021): 176–185.

Martin Luther believed that through Adam’s fall, humanity lost the image of God, which is restored only through justification by faith. That doctrine would, therefore, imply that non-Christians do not have the image of God in them. This paper analyses Luther’s argument and proposes a mediating position: all humans retain the divine image, but only justification can restore the divine likeness.

Evangelical Review of Theology