While the German Reformation might be characterized as focusing on the experience and understanding of justification by grace through faith
, the Swiss Reformers focused on the sovereignty of God.
Luther's awakening to justification by grace through faith
called into question the principal hermeneutic by which the medieval church (including Luther) functioned.
Only by entering deeply into the meaning of justification can one come out the other side by insisting that the entire point of justification by grace through faith
is to attain to a fully restored partnership of human beings with God.
First, any intra-Lutheran discussion of these and other questions about our relationship to people of other religions and spiritual traditions must be grounded in our central affirmation of justification by grace through faith