Union With Christ

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This book introduces the English-speaking world to the new Finnish interpretation of the theology of Martin Luther, initiated by the writings of Tuomo Mannermaa of Helsinki University. At the heart of the Finnish breakthrough in Luther research lies the theme of salvation. Luther found his answer to the mystery of salvation in the justifying work of Christ received through faith alone. But Protestant theology has never enjoyed a consensus on how to interpret the Reformation doctrine of justification by faith. In ...
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Overview

This book introduces the English-speaking world to the new Finnish interpretation of the theology of Martin Luther, initiated by the writings of Tuomo Mannermaa of Helsinki University. At the heart of the Finnish breakthrough in Luther research lies the theme of salvation. Luther found his answer to the mystery of salvation in the justifying work of Christ received through faith alone. But Protestant theology has never enjoyed a consensus on how to interpret the Reformation doctrine of justification by faith. In opposition to the traditional forensic understanding of justification, Mannermaa argues that for Luther "Christ is really present in faith itself." Mannermaa's interpretation of Luther's view of justification is thus more ontological and mystical than ethical and juridical. As such, his work challenges a century of scholarly opinion concerning a foundational doctrine of Protestant theology.
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Editorial Reviews

Theology Today
The editors are to be congratulated for offering for the first time in English a handy synopsis of current Finnish scholarship on Luther by its leading proponents, whose theories have attracted considerable attention in recent times.
Word & World
This book is valuable for the introduction of English-speaking Lutherans to the world of Finnish Luther interpretation....The reflective pastor will be able to recognize new angles for preaching and teaching that run counter to traditional conceptions. The Finns deserve praise for their efforts to provide a new entry point into the magnificent corpus of Luther's work.
Reformation & Revival
"This important book introduces to the English-speaking world the new Finnish interpretation of the theology of Luther, initiated by the writings of Tuomo Mannermaa of Helsinki University.... Offers some interesting historical/theological insights that may aid the necessary recovery of biblical balance for what is truly important to serious evangelicalism."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802844422
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/1998
  • Pages: 196
  • Sales rank: 1,130,137
  • Product dimensions: 0.45 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: The Finnish Breakthrough in Luther Research
Why Is Luther So Fascinating? Modern Finnish Luther Research 1
Response 21
Justification and Theosis in Lutheran-Orthodox Perspective 25
Christ as Favor and Gift: The Challenge of Luther's Understanding of Justification 42
Response 70
What God Gives Man Receives: Luther on Salvation 76
Natural Law and Faith: The Forgotten Foundations of Ethics in Luther's Theology 96
Response 125
Luther and Metaphysics: What Is the Structure of Being according to Luther? 129
Response 161
Salvation in the Lutheran-Orthodox Dialogue 167
Contributors 182
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