Lutheran Theology (Doing Theology Series)
This title offers an introduction for students and lay readers to doing theology in the Lutheran tradition. Lutheran theology found its source, and so its name in Martin Luther in the 16th century. The theology that emerged identified two essential...
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This title offers an introduction for students and lay readers to doing theology in the Lutheran tradition. Lutheran theology found its source, and so its name in Martin Luther in the 16th century. The theology that emerged identified two essential matters for the relationship between humans and God, the law and the gospel. It made a simple but extremely unusual and controversial claim - that it was not the law that made a person right before God's final judgment, but the gospel of Christ's death on the cross for sinners. This book will lay out the implications of having all theology, and so all that can be said of God, humans and creation confessed and delivered in two parts: I, the sinner; and God, the justifier. "Doing Theology" introduces the major Christian traditions and their way of theological reflection. These volumes focus on the origins of a particular theological tradition, its foundations, key concepts, eminent thinkers and historical development. The series is aimed readers who want to learn more about their own theological heritage and identity: theology undergraduates, students in ministerial training and church study groups.
Paulson is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Luther Seminary, St. Paul.
- Introduction: Theology That Preaches.; 1. Life Without A Preacher: Divine Wrath, Election, And This World's Final Hour; 2. The Preacher's First Word: Law And Sin [self-justification] Romans; 3. The Preacher's Second Word: Gospel And Freedom As The End Of The Law [justification By Faith Alone] Romans 3-5. A. Christ's Cross: Crux Sola Nostra Theologia; B. Christ's Resurrection: Mirabile Duellum; 4. Work Of The Preacher: Distribution Of The Benefits Of Christ [hermeneutics, Scripture, Proclamation In Word And Sacraments] Romans 6; A. Baptism: Death And New Life; B. Lord's Supper: Given And Shed For You For The Forgiveness Of Sin; C. Confession And Absolution; 5. Living By Faith; A. Wretched Man That I Am: Sin Remains In The Godly Romans 7 Simil Iustus Et Peccator; B. Holy Spirit, Prayer And Suffering: Romans 8 Oratio, Meditatio, Tentatio; C. God's Electing Promise 9-11 The Pain And Comfort Of Election; D. Relationship Of Faith And Love: Eschatological Life Under Law And Freed By Gospel; E. Romans 12: Faith Active In Love [no Ethics]. Present Your Bodies As A Living Sacrifice; F. Romans 13: Subject To Governing Authorities And Political Theology; G. Romans 14-16 Church And Dissension In The Christian Community; 6. Conclusion: The Art And Science Of Theology Is Learning To Distinguish Law And Gospel In Scripture And In Life.