Luther's Heidelberg Disputation and Walther's Law & Gospel Theses
This is a set of 2 posters, 11" X 17", printed in full color on heavyweight glossy poster paper with a protective aqueous coating.
The first poster is a representation of Martin Luther's Heidelberg Disputation (AKA, the 28 theses). Following Luther's proposal for a disputation on the subject of indulgences, the Augustinian Order, to which Luther belonged, was generally supportive of his views. The head of the order in Germany, Johannes Staupitz, called for a formal disputation to be attended by the leadership of the order, in which Luther would be provided a chance to expand upon his concern. The disputation took place at the meeting of the Augustinian Order, in Heidelberg, in April 1518. Luther's opponents had been hopeful that Luther would be silenced, but Staupitz wanted to give Luther a fair hearing, since he was generally sympathetic with Luther's views. At the meeting, Luther put forward a "theology of the cross" as opposed to a "theology of glory." The disputation is, in many ways, more significant than the 95 theses, for they advanced Luther's growing realization that the theology of late Medieval Church was fundamentally and essentially at odds with Biblical theology. As a result of the disputation, John Eck proposed a debate between himself and representatives of Luther's views, which was held in Leipzig from June to July, 1519. Because of this debate many were convinced of Luther's defense of the Gospel of salvation by grace, through faith, in Christ alone.
The second poster is 25 theses by C. F. W. Walther on the Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel. In these 25, Walther outlines the proper way to interpret and apply the doctrines of Law and Gospel. The full explanation of each thesis is treated at length in lectures given by Walther to his seminary students over the course of several years. These lectures were recorded and compiled into a book, now titled The Proper Distinction Between Law and Gospel. It is the standard work introducing and expounding on the doctrine of Law and Gospel, especially as it relates to preaching and pastoral counsel.