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Lutheranism: The Theological Movement and Its Confessional Writings

Author: 
Robert W. Jenson (Author) Eric W. Gritsch (Author)
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Description

This useful guide offers a critical appraisal of a theological movement within the church catholic. The authors, a church historian and a systematic theologian, describe Lutheranism as centered in the fundamental principle of the Reformation, "justification by faith apart from works of law."

The book focuses on the emergence of this chief article of faith as a proposal of dogma to the church ecumenical, its theological formulation, and its significance for the shaping of piety and doctrine. Each issue is treated in terms of both confessional history and systematic theology. Seminarians, pastors, teachers, and interested laypersons of all traditions will gain ecumenical insights as well as pertinent information from this work.
ISBN: 
9780800612467
Price: 
$16.00
Release date: 
October 1, 1976
Pages: 
224
Width: 
6
Height: 
9

Table of Contents

    Preface
    Abbreviations

    PART ONE: THE LUTHERAN CONFESSIONS

  1. An Ecumenical Proposal of Dogma
  2. Gospel, Theology, and Dogma
    Two Kinds of Authority
    The Legal Authority of Scripture
    The Authority of Dogma
     
  3. Documents of Concord and Reform
  4. Toward a Territorial Church
    Blueprint for Educational Reform
    The Lutheran Magna Carta
    Luther's Theological Testament
    Formula of Concord

    PART TWO: JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH APART FROM WORKS OF LAW
     
  5. A Christological Answer to the Radical Question

  6. The Shift of Language
    The Radical Question
    The Reformation Insight and Discovery
    Law and Gospel
     
  7. From Experience of Promise to Apology of Doctrine

  8. The God Who Justifies the Ungodly
    Melanchthon's Apologia
     
  9. Faith Seeking Understanding Through Controversy

  10. A.
    Forensic Justification
    Inner Justification
    An Orthodox Doctrine
    B.
    The Location of Theology
    The Ontological Problem
    Past and Present
    An Enduring Task

    PART THREE: THEOLOGICAL ELABORATIONS
     
  11. Sacraments—The Visible Word

  12. A.
    Exodus from Bayblonian Captivity
    Baptism
    The Lord's Supper
    B.
    The Embodiment of the Gospel
    Visible Words
    What Sacraments Are There?
    "Real Presence"
    "This Is My Body"
    Lutherans Versus Calvinists
     
  13. Christology—God Deep in the Flesh

  14. A.
    The Ancient Christology
    Luther's Reinterpretation
    The Lutheran-Reformed Discord
    B.
    From Justification to Christology
    The Gospel Versus the Metaphysical Tradition
    Lutheran Radicalization
     
  15. Ministry—Serving the Gospel

  16. A.
    The Power of the Living Word
    The Office of the Keys
    B.
    The Office of the Gospel
    Ministry by and to the Word
    The Ministerial Succession
    Function and Order
    The Organization of the Ministry
     
  17. Church—Body in Conflict

  18. A.
    The Creature of the Gospel
    The Community of Saints and Sinners
    B.
    The Gathering
    The Marks of the Gathering
    The Article of Standing and Falling
    The Church's Organization
     
  19. Christian Life—Brave Sinning

  20. A.
    The Starting Point
    Confessional Elaborations
    The Crucible: Life in Two Kingdoms
    B.
    The Secularization of Morality
    The Two Judgments
    Reason
    Freedom
     
  21. Predestination—The God of Promise

  22. A.
    The Temptation of Theo-Logic
    Toward Christocentric Restraint
    B.
    The Place of the Doctrine
    The Logic of Reformation Doctrine
    The Problem and a Choice

    PART FOUR: UNFINISHED WORK
     
  23. Unity—How much Is Enough?

  24. A.
    Reformation Objectives
    Dialogue for Unity
    B.
    The Definition of Unity
    The Conditions of Unity
    The Lutheran Sticking Point
     
  25. Politics—Two Kingdoms?

  26. A.
    The Lutheran Neuralgia
    An Old Mandate and New Realities
    B.
    The Political Corollaries of Justification
    From God's Action to Our Sorting
    Our Present Situation
     
  27. Adiaphora—Freedom or Bondage?

  28. A.
    Gospel, Freedom, and Human Tradition
    The Adiaphorist Controversy
    The Problem of Teaching Authority
    B.
    The Adiaphora Concept
    The Lutheran Use
    The Pitfalls of "Adiaphora"
    The Legitimate Concern

    Postscript
    Index
    Chronology