Martin Luther: Confessor of the Faith

Martin Luther: Confessor of the Faith

by Robert Kolb
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199208948

ISBN-13: 9780199208944

Pub. Date: 03/15/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Martin Luther's thought continues to challenge people throughout the world in the twenty-first century. His paradigmatic shift in defining God and what it means to be human left behind a foundation for viewing human creatures that was anchored in Aristotle's anthropology. Luther defined the Revealed God in terms of his mercy and love for human beings, based not on

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Martin Luther's thought continues to challenge people throughout the world in the twenty-first century. His paradigmatic shift in defining God and what it means to be human left behind a foundation for viewing human creatures that was anchored in Aristotle's anthropology. Luther defined the Revealed God in terms of his mercy and love for human beings, based not on their merit and performance but rather on his unconditioned grace. He placed 'fearing, loving, and trusting God above all else' at the heart of his definition of being human.

This volume places the development and exposition of these key presuppositions in Luther's thinking within the historical context of late medieval theology and piety as well as the unfolding dynamics of political and social change at the dawn of the modern era. Special attention is given the development of a 'Wittenberg way' of practicing theology under Luther's leadership. It left behind a dependence on allegorical methods of biblical interpretation for a 'literal-prophetic' approach to Scripture. More importantly, it placed the distinction between the 'gospel' as God's unmerited gift of identity as his children and the 'law', the expression of God's expectations for the performance of his children in good works, at the heart of all interpretation of the Bible. This presuppositional framework for practicing theology reflects Luther's personal experience and his deep commitment to pastoral care of common Christians as well as his reading of the biblical text. It is supported by his distinction of two kinds of human righteousness (passive in God's sight, active in relationship to others), his distinction of two realms or dimensions of human life, and his theology of the cross. The volume unfolds Luther's maturing thought on the basis of this method.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199208944
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/15/2009
Series:
Christian Theology in Context Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,063,438
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

1 Angel of the Lord' or 'Damned Heretic': Martin Luther in the Trends of the Times 1

2 Set on His Way: Luther's Life to 1519 11

3 The Formation of the Theologian: The Medieval Roots of Luther's Thought 26

4 In Via Vittembergensi: Luther Develops His Hermeneutic 42

5 The Emergence of the Reformer: Luther's Decisive Turn to Reform 72

6 Fast Bound in Satan's Chains I Lay: Luther's View of the Fallen Human Creature 95

7 Christ Jesus Holds the Field Victorious: Luther's Understanding of the Person of Christ, the Atonement, and Justification 110

8 One Little Word Can Slay Him: God's Power and Presence in the Oral, Written, and Sacramental Forms of His Word 131

9 Lambs Listening to their Shepherd: Christ's Church and its Struggles 152

10 Faith Active in Love: Christian Living on the Foundation of God's Calling and Command 172

Conclusion Martin Luther, Confessor of the Faith and Pastor of God's People 197

Bibliography 200

Index 209

Index of Scripture passages 214

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