Martin Luther: An Ecumenical Perspective

Martin Luther: An Ecumenical Perspective

by Walter Kasper


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There are few historical personalities with the compelling magnetism (for friend and foe alike) of Martin Luther. From the very start of this new work, Cardinal Walter Kasper seeks to liberate Luther from the many characterizations that have defined him over the centuries. For Catholics, he had long been the heretic who bore the blame for the division of the Western Church and all the negative consequences that continue to this day. But for Kasper, those days are over. Indeed, it is Luther himself that Christians can find the spirit needed for fostering unity among all denominations.

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ISBN-13: 9780809153206
Publisher: Paulist Press
Publication date: 12/28/2016
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

The Many Portraits of Luther and Luther the Stranger 1

Chapter 1 A Transitional Period of Decline and New Beginnings 5

Chapter 2 Luther's Concern: The Evangelical Renewal of Christianity 9

Chapter 3 The Beginning of the Age of Denominations and Its End 13

Chapter 4 Luther and the Spirit of the Modern Era 21

Chapter 5 The Ecumenical Age as the Rediscovery of Catholicity 27

Chapter 6 Martin Luther's Ecumenical Relevance 33

Chapter 7 An Ecumenism of Mercy-The Outlook 39

About the Author 43

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