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Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Religion & Culture / Religious Studies


Faculty of Arts

First Contributor

Oscar Arnal

Contributor Role

Thesis Supervisor


This thesis is a comparative survey on the teachings of Martin Luther and Joseph Smith, Jr. about salvation. Biographical material is also examined to understand the historic influences upon their teachings. A number of similarities in teaching are noted, including belief in Jesus Christ, the need for faith, God’s grace is unmerited, good works follow faith, and there will be a divine Judgment. Areas of disagreement include predestination vs free will, the means of confessing faith in Christ, importance of future life vs present life, personal vs social nature of salvation, and the nature of priesthood as related to salvation.

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