- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Baker Academic (October 17, 2017)
- Language: English
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"Lutheran theologian Robert Kolb and Reformed theologian Carl Trueman offer robust confessional approaches to classical theological loci, seeking to ground faith in the scriptural truth of the Word. Eschewing the polemics of earlier centuries and embodying the best in civility and integrity, each thinker shows the marked similarities and differences between their two traditions. This book invites both Lutheran and Reformed theologians and pastors to a greater appreciation, awareness, and understanding of each other's traditions and in this way to become more fluent in each other's milieu and more gracious toward each other. This is a needed book."
--Mark Mattes, Grand View University
"One could scarcely ask for any better-qualified exponents of classic Lutheran and Reformed views than Kolb and Trueman--two theologians who are well able to articulate a confessional stance while simultaneously nurturing friendship and a mutual Christian bond. Between Wittenberg and Geneva can serve as a terrific introduction to the distinctive biblical interpretations and pastoral convictions of each of these two traditions, not only as usually attributed to Luther and Calvin but also as traced through the several generations (and controversies) that followed. Warmly recommended for both tone and content."
--John L. Thompson, Fuller Theological Seminary
"This book is a must-read. Historically grounded, self-critical, and convinced that his confession best summarizes biblical teaching, each author engages in something quite unique and important--talking to each other. In the process, the authors exhibit not only key differences but also the shared legacy that is often overlooked in our nonconfessional age."
--Michael Horton, Westminster Seminary California
"A treasure for all students of the Reformation. Kolb and Trueman provide an eminently readable, insightful, and charitable guide to the major theological concerns of the Lutheran and Reformed confessional traditions. They tackle the major doctrines of the Reformation, examining with great clarity and honesty both the shared convictions and sharp disagreements of Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, and their theological heirs. Pastors and laypeople, teachers and students will all benefit from the rich content and irenic tone of this book."
--Carl L. Beckwith, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
Robert Kolb (PhD, University of Wisconsin) is Mission Professor of Systematic Theology Emeritus at Concordia Seminary. Carl R. Trueman (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is the William P. Simon Fellow in Religion and Public Life in the James Madison Program at Princeton University.
About the Author
Robert Kolb (PhD, University of Wisconsin) is Mission Professor of Systematic Theology Emeritus at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, and is the author of many books.
Carl R. Trueman (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is Paul Woolley Professor of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the author of numerous books. For the 2017-2018 academic year, he is serving as the William E. Simon Visiting Fellow in Religion and Public Life in the James Madison Program at Princeton University.
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Is there fitting to have such a book come out during this historic celebration of the Reformation. The book I am referencing is Between Wittenberg and Geneva: Lutheran and Reformed Theology in Conversation by Robert Kolb and Carl R. Truman. Both of these men are respected Scholars in their own historical theological view. Kolb is the Systematic Theology professor at Concordia Seminary while Truman is the professor of historical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary.
Each of these men have a healthy respect for one another and for the theological position the other holds. It is therefore out of this mutual respect that this book is formed. In between Wittenberg and Geneva the authors discuss eight points of contention between Lutheran and reformed theology. In every chapter each theological position is presented and descended and then contrasted with the other. Each argument and counter-argument are thorough and scholarly yet are accessible enough to the Layman.
If you are in either theological tradition you will find a plethora of information detailing the theological viewpoint as well as some questions regarding it. As a minister in the reformed tradition I found this work exhilarating and profound in challenging my viewpoints yet at the same time confirming them to be true. I came away with a greater appreciation for Lutheran Theology and for Luther himself, for that matter. From this work a person can come to a a greater understanding of the church as a whole, from understanding the theological roots of their specific tradition. I therefore recommend this work to anyone and everyone who seeks to have a greater understanding of either Lutheran and reformed theology in a form that is both respectful yet sperm in their personal convictions to said theological position. This is a book that you will want to have in your possession, for it truly informs in a way few books, on theology, to this point ever have.
Between Wittenberg and Geneva: Lutheran and Reformed Theology in Conversation
© 2017 by Robert Kolb and Carl R. Truman
Publisher: Baker Academic
Page Count: 272 Pages
While the book was helpful in comparing these two systems of theology, I did not feel that the book was much of a "conversation." If anything, it seemed like more of a introduction to these systems than a conversation between the two. Eight topics are covered from "Scripture and Interpretation" to Worship" with each contributor laying out the historical/confessional position of their given camp. Not much conversation is had which is what really disappointed me.
Kolb does a great job giving the reader insight into Luther's theology, with a bit of information on his followers, which proved to be helpful for me as a Reformed type. His use of Luther's catechism is especially helpful. However, while differences are mentioned, the authors do not go very far beyond presenting their position. What may have been helpful, though it would have doubtless made the book longer, would be a presentation of the respective position followed by a reflection/response from the other side. Instead it seems the reader merely gets an introduction to each system which could have been found elsehwere.
It is interesting to see the role that Luther plays for Lutherans in their theology vis-à-vis the Reformed system of doctrine. Kolb almost exclusively speaks of what Lutheran taught and compares it to some of what came after him. On the other hand, Trueman uses a number of resources from Calvin to the Westminster Standards to Bavinck.
The interesting part about conversations between these two camps is that, in the end, in order to accomplish unity in doctrine one side is going to have to humbly admit the fault of their confessions/history - something that neither is willing to do. This makes one wonder if visible, ecclesiastical unity is ever to be had. If I am to be honest, I don't think it will since the moment one drops their history/confession they cease to be Reformed or Lutheran and simply move to the other side. Where I do believe unity will be seen is in how the ecclesiastical bodies of these systems recognize and work with each eachother in the future while maintaining their doctrinal differences.
Overall, I would heartily recommend this books to some from a broad evangelical background who is trying to understand the Lutheran and Reformed faiths. What is presented is clear, informative, and helpful for getting a grasp on both sides.