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The Word of God in Martin Luther’s Theology  

Jens Wolff

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Mar 2017
Luther develops a new concept of the Word of God that concentrates on the word and image of Christ. He uses performative images and presence metaphors not only in the field of Christology, ... More

Theological Language in Martin Luther  

Joachim Ringleben

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Mar 2017
In Christianity, theological language must be understood against the background of the multifaceted semantic field of Logos. “Logos” (as “word” and as “linguistic reason”) is used in ... More

Reason and Philosophy in Martin Luther’s Thought  

Hans-Peter Grosshans

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Mar 2017
Throughout his academic life, Martin Luther was in constant discussion with philosophy. He was prepared for this with a substantial study of philosophy at the University of Erfurt, ... More

Promise in Martin Luther’s Thought and Theology  

Gregory Walter

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Mar 2017
Martin Luther used the practice and notion of promise for theological and practical ends. As a theological notion, promise allowed Luther to work through important problems about God and ... More

Nominalism and the Via Moderna in Luther’s Theological Work  

Pekka Kärkkäinen

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Mar 2017
Luther’s adoption of the theology of the via moderna (also called the Nominalists) varied during the late medieval period. This school of thought had developed during the 15th century ... More

Martin Luther’s Trinitarian Hermeneutic of Freedom  

Piotr J. Małysz

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Mar 2017
Luther puts forth a Trinitarian hermeneutic of human willing and the will’s freedom. Luther’s thought in this area is best seen as a response to a problem that medieval theology inherited ... More

Martin Luther’s Theology of Authority  

Martin J. Lohrmann

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Mar 2017
Martin Luther’s reforms involved complicated questions of authority. On one hand, Luther defied the greatest authority figures of his day: the papacy and the Holy Roman Empire; on the ... More

Martin Luther on Grace  

Hans Wiersma

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Mar 2017
Grace is an essential element of Christian theological reflection. Primarily, the divine attribute or trait labeled “grace” refers to God’s disposition and activity in regard to the ... More

Martin Luther on Faith  

Philipp Stoellger

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Mar 2017
Faith is not a human act but rather (a) an act of God—that is, the power or action of God as a “divine work in us”; and (b) relation before God (coram Deo), or more precisely, a passive ... More

Martin Luther in the Age of Confessionalization  

Jens Wolff

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Mar 2017
Luther was a point of reference in all three of the confessional cultures during the confessional age, though this was not something he had intended. His theological “self-fashioning” was ... More

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