Bound Choice Election and Wittenberg Theological Method

Author: Robert Kolb
Publisher: Fortress Press
ISBN: 1506427103
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Galvanized by Erasmus' teaching on free will, Martin Luther wrote "De servo arbitrio", or "The Bondage of the Will", insisting that the sinful human will could not turn itself to God. In this first study to investigate the sixteenth-century reception of "De servo", Robert Kolb unpacks Luther's theology and recounts his followers' ensuing disputes until their resolution in the Lutheran churches' 1577 "Formula of Concord".

Counsel and Conscience

Author: Benjamin T. G. Mayes
Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
ISBN: 3525550278
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"In Lutheran Germany of the post-Reformation era (ca. 1580-1750), a genre of pastoral, ethical writings was developed that consisted in casuistry and in topically or thematically related theological counsels, intended to instruct the consciences of Christians. Examining the Thesaurus consiliorum et decisiorum (1623/1671), Mayes illustrates the different ways in which Lutherans reasoned about moral matters"--Provided by publisher.

Luther and the Beloved Community

Author: Paul R. Hinlicky
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 0802864929
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Is Christian belief tenable today? Is it possible to be a creedal Christian? With the help of Martin Luther, Paul Hinlicky here explores classical Christian beliefs regarding the person and work of Christ and human nature and destiny. He also counters contemporary objections to creedal faith, from the so-called new perspective on Paul to Pope Benedict s rejection of the Augsburg Confession to the continuing challenge of Marx. Luther and the Beloved Community does not present Luther s medieval thought as a possibility for today, but does make him available for the future as a teacher of the faith and a help for tackling contemporary questions of Christian belief. According to Hinlicky, Luther is misused and misunderstood by those of his own tradition and needs to be understood not as hero of the faith but rather as the proponent of a beloved community that does not yet fully exist. In performing this makeover, Hinlicky reveals genuine new insights concealed within Luther s rhetoric.

Luther s Outlaw God

Author: Steven D. Paulson
Publisher: Fortress Press
ISBN: 1506432972
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In this first of three volumes addressing Luther's outlaw God, Steven D. Paulson considers the two "monsters" of theology, as Luther calls them: evil and predestination. He explores how these produce fear of God but can also become the great and only comforts of conscience when a preacher arrives. Luther's new distinction between God as he is preached and God without any preacher absolutely frightened all of the schools of theology that preceded it, and for that matter all that followed Luther, as well. That fear coalesced in various opponents like Eck and Latomus, but in a special way in Desiderius Erasmus. For Paulson, bad theology begins with bad preaching, and since the church is what preaching does, bad preaching hides the church under such a dark blanket that it can hardly be detected. He argues that the primary distinction of naked/clothed or unpreached/preached radiates out in all directions for Luther's theology, and shows what difference this makes for current preaching. Specifically, Paulson takes up the central question of all theology (and life): What is God's relation to the law, and the law's relation to God? Luther's answers are surprising and will change the way you preach.