The book A Philosophical Anthropology of the Cross takes a look at the shaping of reformed faith as it is know today. Martin Luther obviously gets some attention, but so does Immanuel Kant, Søren Kierkegaard, and ultimately Dietrich Bonhoeffer. This different but interesting information came from First Things in their blog post, “Philosophical Luther.”

It is interesting and probably not accidental that this post came out so close to Reformation Day. The author looks at themes in Luther that have been significant in shaping thinkers of faith and hope. The result is “an ontology of justification by faith” that stands in opposition to “our default mode of being in the world – namely, the ontology of self-justification.”

It is an interesting in addition to being a good use of classifications and origins – or ontology. Of course we already know that ontologies and other controlled vocabularies help ensure consistency and standardization. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies able to help its clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies to make their information findable.

Melody K. Smith

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