I noticed that Fraiser at Chaos and Old Night posted a link to the summary of “Lutheran essentials” on my About page (though I can’t take the credit for these – they originally came from Chris Atwood, as acknowledged in my original post which referenced them).
Fraiser pointed out in his post that Lutheranism lacks a catchy mnemonic like the Calvinists’ TULIP to summarise these essentials, and that it would be appropriate if someone could come up with a ROSES mnemonic for Lutheranism. A Finnish Lutheran, Hannu, took up the challenge in the comments to Fraiser’s post, as follows:
Regeneration through Grace in Baptism (sola gratia)
- Initiates faith by God
Only through faith (sola fide)
- Only faith justifies Man
Scriptural authority (sola scriptura)
- Teaches Gospel and Law
Economic church polities towards needs
- Church polities are chosen according to practical needs
Substantial real presence of Christ’s body and blood in Holy Communion
- Nurtures a believer and deepens the union between Man and God.
Let me know what you think (or suggest any further refinements) in the comments.
Alternatively, if you prefer, there’s OFelixCulpa’s suggestion earlier in the thread:
- Faith alone justifies
- Unique presence in the supper
- Baptismal regeneration
- Authority of scripture
- Rejection of polity norms
Can’t see that one catching on quite so well, though… 😉