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Lex Charitatis: A Juristic Disquistion on Law in the Theology of Martin Luther
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2009 / Paperback
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Originally appearing more than 50 years ago, Johannes Heckel's Lex Charitatis: A Juristic Disquisition on Law in the Theology of Martin Luther, brought new clarity to the much-disputed issue of Luther's understanding of the law and of God's governance, the created order, and justification by faith.
Luther's use of the language of 'two kingdoms' and 'two governances' transformed the world socially, politically, and religiously upsetting standing order that had been place for over a millennia. Yet, they are still bitterly contested and the last word has not been said on them. Nevertheless, it is Heckel's work that sounded the first gun, and itis without question a critical text in studying Luther's theology. Having Lex Charitatis in English will assist scholars and students alike in examining Luther's thought, its trajectory, and its ongoing relevance for the current age.
"This translation of Lex Charitatis makes available to the English-speaking world an essential study of Luther's doctrine of law. The German editions of the book had a major impact on Luther scholarship, and Gottfried Krodel's translation will greatly expand the reach and influence of this great work."
John Witte Jr.
"This classic title by Johannes Heckel has long been an effective bridge-builder among German Lutheran theologians, jurists, and historians. Drawing on an impressive command of the original sources, Heckel shows how Martin Luther transformed our understanding of Gospel and Law, faith and works, church and state. Luther moved from the early iconoclast who scorned the jurists and burned the canon laws to a mature reformer who reformed the law and built an impressive political theology. Gottfried Krodel has captured the full power and prescience of this masterwork of Lutheran scholarship."
"When Johannes Heckel's Lex Charitatis appeared more than half a century ago, it brought new clarity to the much-disputed issue of Luther's understanding of the law and of God's governance of his created order. The Wittenberg reformer's use of the language of 'two kingdoms' and 'two governances' is still fiercely debated; having Heckel's work in English will assist scholars and students alike in putting Luther's insights to use in the context of twenty-first-century problems."
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