The Gift of Grace: The Future of Lutheran Theology

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Niels Henrik Gregersen
Fortress Press - Religion - 368 pages
This landmark volume, the first of two, assesses the prospects and promise of Lutheran theology at the opening of a new millennium. From four continents, the thirty noted and respected contributors not only gauge how such classic themes as grace, the cross, and justification wear today but also look to key issues of ecumenism, social justice, global religious life, and the impact of contemporary science on Christian belief.
 

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Contents

Triune Grace
17
The Quest for an Adequate Theology of Grace and the Future of Lutheran Theology A Response to Robert W Jenson
31
The Grace of God and the Equality of Human Persons
43
Grace Transcendence and Patience A Response to Monica Melanchthon
60
Communicating the Grace of God in a Pluralistic Society
67
Luthers Theology of the Gift
78
CROSS
87
The Power of the Cross Interchange in Paul and Luther
89
Grundtvig and Luther How Was Grundtvig Influenced by Luther?
194
Kierkegaards One Thesis
205
ECUMENICS
213
Lutheran Missiology Struggling to Move from Reactive Reform
215
Holy Scripture Holy Tradition? Ecumenical Prospects for the Lutheran Churches
229
Reformation as an Assertion of the Common Christian Faith
243
WORLD
251
Creation as History
253

The Theology of the Cross Does It Make Sense to Africans?
101
JUSTIFICATION
115
Baptism Justification and the Joint Declaration
117
The Lutheran Confessional Writings and the Future of Lutheran Theology
131
JUSTICE
145
Reconciliation and Forgiveness in an Unjust Society
147
Reconciliation and Forgiveness A Response to Ambrose Moyo
158
The Word and the Mask Revisiting the TwoKingdoms Doctrine
167
COMPARISONS
179
Aquinas Luther and Calvin Toward a Chalcedonian Resolution of the Eucharistic Controversies
181
Lutheran Theology and Everyday Life
264
Pluralism and Identity The TiroKingdoms Doctrine Challenged by Secularization and Privatization
277
An Ecumenical Legacy of Martin Luther and Asian Spiritually
291
SCIENCE
305
Grace Doubt and Evil The Constructive Task of Reformation Theology
307
Grace Doubt and Evil A Response to Ted Peters
326
Science and Scriptural Interpretation
332
The Power of Genes and Molecules On the Relevance of Science for the Liturgical Language of the Church
344
Index
358
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