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Quotes by Martin Luther on Sola Scriptura

Quotes by Martin Luther on sola Scriptura or "Scripture only." This is the teaching that we should reject tradition entirely and that all we need can be learned from the Bible.

Portrait of Martin Luther

Philip Schaff, c. 1890

Luther was the bold pioneer of a higher criticism, which was indeed subjective and arbitrary, but, after all, a criticism of faith. He made his central doctrine of justification by faith the criterion of canonicity.23 He thus placed the material or subjective principle of Protestantism above the formal or objective principle, the truth above the witness of the truth, the doctrine of the gospel above the written Gospel, Christ above the Bible. Romanism, on the contrary, places the church above the Bible. But we must remember that Luther first learnt Christ from the Bible, and especially, from the Epistles of Paul, which furnished him the key for the understanding of the scheme of salvation. (History of the Christian Church, vol. VII, ch. I, sec. 9)

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