Spanning the continents, three internationally respected theologians demonstrate how the thought and legacy of Martin Luther can serve in an ecumenical and interfaith context as a resource for a radical critique of global economics and culture.
Lutheran Christianity originated in its own era of economic and cultural crisis. One of the great misinterpretations of Martin Luther has considered his heritage as fundamentally reactionary, seeking to preserve the political status quo. Instead, set free by the biblical message of liberation, this book wields Luther's theology to engage the reality of poverty, hunger, oppression, and ecological degradation caused by an imperial capitalism as the most urgent theological issues in the contemporary world. The volume demonstrates the liberating possibilities of theology done out of a biblical and Lutheran perspective for the economic and cultural crises facing the church in the present century.
About the Author
Karen L. Bloomquist has served for ten years as Director for Studies in the Division for Church in Society of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She is also Associate Professor of Theology at Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa.
Table of Contents
Foreword Karen L. Bloomquist v
Part 1 Latin America/North America/Europe
1 Liberation Theology and Latin American History 2
2 Liberation Theology's Critique of Luther's Two-Kingdoms Doctrine 34
3 Christian Political Responsibility: Reappropriating Luther's Two Kingdoms 46
4 Orthopraxis and Martyrdom: The Influence of Latin American Liberation Theology on Systematic Theology in Europe and North America 53
Part 2 Asia/Europe/North America
5 God's Mission and Emancipation: A Lutheran Theology of Justification and Economic Justice 70
6 Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Confessing Church: An Asian Minjung Theological Perspective 92
7 Emancipation and Inculturation in a Multicultural World: A Lutheran Contribution 121
8 Communio Sanctorum and Filial Piety: Ecclesiology for Inculturation 146
Part 3 Europe/North America/Asia
9 Property-Money Economies and Empires: Contexts of Biblical, Reformation, and Contemporary Ecumenical Theology 162
10 Gandhi: Overcoming Western Violence in Dialogue with Martin Luther 186
11 Solidarity and Cooperation: Theological, Psychological, and Socioeconomic Response to Neoliberal Destruction 202
Part 4 Conclusion
12 Expanding the Conversation: Facing the Challenge of African and Asian Perspectives 222
Appendix A Transforming Theology and Life-Giving Civilization: The Changseong Consultation 231
Appendix B Linking Poverty, Wealth, and Ecology in Africa: The Dar es Salaam Statement 238