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Larvae dei

(Lat. “masks of God”). Term used by M. Luther* (e.g., WA 40, 1, 174–177; cf. 31 I, 436; 45, 522) and others who held that God, because He cannot be viewed by man in His naked transcendence, wears a mask or veil (e.g., human form, word, sacraments) in all His dealings with men, to shield them from His unapproachable brightness.

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