- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Baker Academic (February 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 080103180X
- ISBN-13: 978-0801031809
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
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The Genius of Luther's Theology: A Wittenberg Way of Thinking for the Contemporary Church Paperback – February 1, 2008
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"This eminently readable volume marks a high point in theological reflection on Martin Luther's contribution to today's church. Eschewing standard topical analyses that have often distorted Luther's thought, the authors--in essays focusing on God's twofold righteousness and God's powerful Word--have uncovered the very core of Wittenberg's theological revolution in a winsome, nondefensive manner. They thereby provide a radically new perspective on contemporary Christian faith and witness. This book is an invaluable tool for preaching, teaching, and learning the faith."--Timothy J. Wengert, Ministerium of Pennsylvania Professor of the History of Christianity, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
"Kolb and Arand have provided a great service to all who seek a deeper understanding of reformational theology. The Genius of Luther's Theology is a fresh and innovative examination of the heart of Luther's theology. This book makes Luther more understandable and thus more usable for readers of all levels."--Jack Preus, president, Concordia University, Irvine, California
"Aside from a few slogans and provocative quotes, Luther's theology is largely unknown in the land that Bonhoeffer called 'Protestantism without the Reformation.' Christianity in America desperately needs the wisdom and penetrating insight into gospel logic that is winesomely introduced in this rewarding volume."--Michael S. Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California
"Stressing Luther's theological anthropology and his view of the living and active Word of God, Kolb and Arand have given us a useful, pertinent, and contemporarily significant introduction to the genius of the great reformer's thought. This book is a valuable contribution to Luther research."--Lawrence R. Rast Jr., professor of historical theology and academic dean, Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana
About the Author
Robert Kolb (PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison) is Mission Professor of Systematic Theology and director of the Institute for Mission Studies at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the author of numerous books, including Martin Luther as Prophet, Teacher, and Hero, and co-editor of The Book of Concord. Charles P. Arand (ThD, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis) holds the Waldemar and June Schuette Chair in Systematic Theology at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the author of That I May Be His Own: An Overview of Luther's Catechisms and Testing the Boundaries: Windows to Lutheran Identity.
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The book is divided into two sections. In the first, the authors explain how Luther defined human beings through two kinds of righteousness -"passive righteousness," or righteousness with God, which comes solely through God's initiative and His grace and favor; and "active righteousness," righteousness with each other (and by extension with the rest of God's creation), which comes through the good works that flow from us when we respond with faith and trust to the great gift of God's passive righteousness.
In the second part, the authors explain how Luther regarded the Word of God, that creative and recreactive Word that bestows passive righteousness.
I am a layman (ELCA Lutheran), not a theologian or seminarian, yet I found this book very readable. The authors write clearly with only a few excursions into terminology that sent me to the dictionary to look up a theological term.
Highly recommended, both as an introduction to Lutheranism and as a way for Lutherans to become more familiar with Luther and his thought.