Christ Present in Faith
Luther's View of Justification
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Mannermaa's revisionist work on justification in Luther's theology a notable contribution from one of the most influential Finnish scholars of Luther studies is now available in English. His book opens up new interpretive questions for historical theology with striking implications for ecumenism, ethics, and spirituality.
He writes, "the idea of the divine life in Christ which is present in faith lies at the very center of the theology of the Reformer." He argues that later Lutheran interpretation of this teaching has portrayed justification as more mechanical and forensic than Luther did, underestimated the extent to which God's righteousness is also ours, and obscured the radical personal transformation that Luther attributed to justification.
"After more than two decades of groundbreaking work, so far mainly published only in German and Scandinavian languages, Tuomo Mannermaa's magnum opus is now available in English. Stimulating-and without doubt controversial in its approach-this book will be a must-read for theologians, pastors, and students across the ecumenical spectrum."
Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, Fuller Theological Seminary