1. Mike

    Good start, Dave! I’d like to hear more about individualism – Luther’s emphasis on the priesthood of all believers and the tenets of sola scriptura have encouraged individualism. E.g., (and this illustrates a general lack of education among “the priesthood”), I was in a Bible study recently discussing 1 Cor. 6 and pointed out that verse 19 is not about individual believers, but about the collective “body of Christ” – the local church:
    “Or do you [pl.] not know that your [pl.] body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you [pl.], whom you [pl.] have from God, and that you [pl.] are not your [pl.] own?”
    This is not what pastors are teaching in churches – and the NIV distorts God’s words by translating the verse “your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit”!
    No individual Christian is a “temple” – rather, “For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ.” (1 Cor. 12:12), or put another way: our bodies are members of Christ (1 Cor. 16:15), indwelled by the Holy Spirit.

    1. Dave Post author

      Hey Mike,

      Thanks for stopping by. Yes, much misunderstanding on the priesthood of all believers and sola scriptura. I will definitely be addressing both.

      And yes, many verses that we make into individualized promises are directed at the community of believers.

  2. Duane C.

    Thanks, Dave – you have successfully whetted my appetite for more. Hoping you will read faster! HA ha!

  3. Tim Taylor

    I am reading the book. It is easy enough to understand in general. Still in chapter one. I’m still working to get univocity, voluntarism and nominalism clear in my understanding. Google is helpful as is my reading in philosophy.
    Trudging onward.


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