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Luther and the ‘Epistle of Straw’

Luther famously referred to the book of James as an “epistle of straw,” purportedly because of its lackluster portrayal of the gospel and the ease with which it might be used to foster doctrines of works-righteousness. Here’s the full context of Luther’s evaluation from his preface to the New Testament: In a word St. John’s […]