Luther's Theology of the Cross: Martin Luther's Theological Breakthrough

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Luther's Theology of the Cross represents a fully revised and updated edition of the classic 1985 text that expands on the author's ongoing research and reflects 25 years of Luther scholarship.
  • Rewritten and expanded edition of a highly-acclaimed classic text
  • Incorporates primary and secondary sources that have become available since the publication of the first edition
  • Draws on advances in our understanding ...
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Luther's Theology of the Cross: Martin Luther's Theological Breakthrough

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Overview

Luther's Theology of the Cross represents a fully revised and updated edition of the classic 1985 text that expands on the author's ongoing research and reflects 25 years of Luther scholarship.
  • Rewritten and expanded edition of a highly-acclaimed classic text
  • Incorporates primary and secondary sources that have become available since the publication of the first edition
  • Draws on advances in our understanding of the late medieval intellectual, cultural, and religious background of Luther's early development, and the nature of Luther's doctrine of justification (including the so-called 'Finnish' school), many of which have not yet been incorporated into Luther scholarship
  • Luther's 'theological breakthrough' continues to be of central importance to Reformation Studies and the development of Protestantism
  • Written by one of the world's leading Protestant theologians, who is an authority on the development of the doctrine of justification. His classic work Iustitia Dei: A History of the Christian Doctrine of Justification is now in its third edition (2005)

Historical theology students can find in this study the decisive influences on Martin Luther's thinking in a slowly evolving understanding of the justice of God. First published in 1985, it remains the book for people who want to know what all the fuss of the Reformation is about. Glossary of terms included.

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"McGrath has made a major contribution to this problem of Luther studies by his learned, lucid and informative book." Journal of Theological Studies.

"It is refreshing to turn to Alister McGrath's study, Luther's Theology of the Cross, and to see how a work which is uncompromisingly theological in its focus can be rigorously historical throughout ... a work of impressive scholarship distinguished at the same time by a clarity of expression all too rare in books of this kind ... McGrath's magisterial study ... brings the most traditional of themes into fresh historical focus." Journal of Ecclesiastical History.

"A study of the first rank." Choice.

"Is a major study of Luther's theology, and ought to be consulted by everyone teaching the Reformation, and by Luther scholars in particular. An impressive achievement at the level of theological sophistication that has established McGrath as one of the pre-eminent Luther scolars. Its arguments are very tight and it displays a complete mastery of Luther scholarship." Journal of Religious History.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470655306
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/16/2011
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Alister E. McGrath is Head of the Centre for Theology, Religion & Culture, and Professor of Theology, Ministry, and Education at King's College, London. A world-acclaimed theologian and intellectual historian, McGrath is the author of numerous books including The Intellectual Origins of the European Reformation 2nd edition (2003) and Reformation Thought: An Introduction 3rd edition (1999).
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Abbreviations.

Introduction.

Part One: The Background: Luther as a Late Medieval Theologian, 1509-1514.

1 The Dawn of the Reformation at Wittenberg.

The late medieval context.

The concept of "justification" in Christian thought.

The reform of the church and the renewal of spirituality.

The Ninety-Five Theses.

The importance of the present study.

2 Headwaters of the Reformation at Wittenberg: Humanism, Nominalism, and the Augustinian Tradition.

The via moderna and via antiqua at Wittenberg.

A new school of thought? The via Gregorii at Wittenberg.

Luther and the Augustinian Order.

Humanism: The studia humanitatis at Wittenberg.

Nominalism: The via moderna at Wittenberg.

The Augustinian tradition: A modern Augustinian school at Wittenberg?

3 Luther as a Late Medieval Theologian.

The Dictata super Psalterium.

Luther's biblical hermeneutic, 1513-1514.

The debate over the date of Luther's theological breakthrough.

Part Two: The Breakthrough: Luther in Transition, 1514-1519.

4 Mira et nova diffinitio iustitiae: Luther's Discovery of the Righteousness of God.

Luther's difficulties in the light of late medieval theology.

The theological pactum and existential anxiety.

"The righteousness of God" and "the righteousness of faith".

Luther's exposition of Psalms 70 (71) and 71 (72).

Luther's break with the soteriology of the via moderna (1515).

The nature and significance of Luther's critique of Aristotle.

The nature and date of Luther's theological breakthrough.

5 Crux sola est nostra theologia: The Emergence of the Theology of the Cross, 1514-1519.

The Heidelberg Disputation (1518) and the "theology of the cross".

The leading themes of Luther's "theology of the cross".

The "righteousness of God" and the "theology of the cross".

The "theology of the cross" as a critique of analogical language about God.

The "crucified and hidden God".

Faith, doubt, and Anfechtung.

Luther's theological development, 1509-1519: A summary.

Select Bibliography.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2002

    excellent scholarship on luther's breakthrough

    this is one of the best books on the market for laymen and clergy...mcgrath does a fine job explaining the epistemological, philosophical, and theological background that led luther to discover the theology of the the cross...it is only because luther had a proper understanding of the Law & Gospel, that he was able to kneel before the foot of calvary with this beautiful doctrine..."the cross," said luther, "is the safest of all places. Blessed is the man who understands this." Blessed also are those who purchase this book and work through the intense scholarship perhaps to find a tower experience of thier own.

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