God and Mediation: Retrospective Appraisal of Luther the Reformer

God and Mediation: Retrospective Appraisal of Luther the Reformer

by Paul O'Callaghan


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God and Mediation: Retrospective Appraisal of Luther the Reformer by Paul O'Callaghan

Martin Luther‘s effort to put God at the very center of human life hinged on five principles: sola gratia, sola fide, sola Scriptura, solus Christus, and ecclesia semper reformanda. They formed the basis for a much-needed reformation of the Christian church projected by Luther and others. Besides inspiring an important renewal of Christian life, however, the Reformation also occasioned the breakup of Western Christianity, which in turn justified religious wars, provided an anti-witness to Christian revelation, privatized the faith, and facilitated the secularization of society as a whole. On the occasion of the five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation, this book attempts to appropriate, situate, and to some degree reinterpret Luther‘s most precious and enduring insights on the basis of the above five principles, which come to mean that God‘s being and action must always come first. On the basis of Luther‘s writings, the book also attempts to consider how grace reaches out to freedom, faith to reason, Scripture to church tradition, Christ to ministry, church to mediation. God‘s being and action always come first, yet God‘s first gift, creation, and the mediations that derive from it are not undone or rendered irrelevant.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506410111
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 12/01/2017
Series: Shapers of Modern Theology
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Paul O'Callaghan is professor of Christian anthropology and director of the Department of Dogmatic Theology and of the Center for Priestly Training at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, as well as a member of the Governing Board of the Pontifical Academy of Theology. He is the author of Children of God in the World (2016), God Ahead of Us (Fortress Press, 2014), Christ Our Hope (2011), The Christological Assimilation of the Apocalypse (2004), and Fides Christi: The Justification Debate (1997), as well as other books and numerous articles. He has also been a participant in the Lutheran-Catholic dialogue on justification and was involved in the preperation of the 1999 doctrine on justification.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations vii

Introduction 1

1 God and/or the Created World 11

2 The Principle of "Sola Gratia" and the Value of Christian Freedom and Good Works 39

3 "Sola Fides" and the Reasoned Assimilation of Christian Revelation 59

4 "Sola Scriptura" and the Spirit-Guided Transmission of the Faith 79

5 "Solus Christus" and the Origins of Christian Life and Spirituality 95

6 "Ecclesia Semper Reformanda", Christian Ministry, and the Faithful Mediation of God's Gifts 107

Conclusion 137

Bibliography 143

Index 155

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