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The Two ReformationsThe Journey from the Last Days to the New World$
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Heiko A. Oberman and Donald Weinstein

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300098686

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300098686.001.0001

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Luther and the Via Moderna

Luther and the Via Moderna

The Philosophical Backdrop of the Reformation Breakthrough

(p.21) II Luther and the Via Moderna
The Two Reformations

Heiko A. Oberman

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the background of the philosophical breakthrough of Martin Luther in his efforts to break the relationship between philosophy and theology, which Thomas Aquinas had established. It explores the four salient points of Luther's philosophical thought: the authority of the Scripture, the power of pactum, the end of time, and the via moderna. It argues that these points also guided Luther into his journey to reorientation, which eventually led to the Reformation period.

Keywords:   philosophy, theology, Martin Luther, Thomas Aquinas, Scripture, Reformation

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