Martin Luther and the Happy Inconsistency
This study explores some of the significant historical events in Martin Luther’s life that provide insight into his understanding and application of the term “happy inconsistency.” It is specific to Luther’s interactions with synergists. The phrase, “application of the term happy inconsistency,” means, “when did Luther consider an individual to be an erring Christian and not an unbeliever.” This study is heavily dependent on Luther’s own writings from various periods. Secondary sources are used in establishing consistency and providing abstract analysis. The purpose of this study is twofold: To provide Lutheran pastors who are confronted with synergism with a proper understanding and application of the term “happy inconsistency,” and to guard against adulterating the gospel by a faulty application of the happy inconsistency.