Where God Meets Man: Luther's Down-to-Earth Approach to the Gospel  -     By: Gerhard O. Forde
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Fortress Press / 1972 / Paperback

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This book about Luther's theology is written out of a two-fold conviction- first, that many of our problems have arisen because we have not really understood our own traditions, especially in the case of Luther; and second, that there is still a lot of help for us in someone like Luther if we take the trouble to probe beneath the surface. It is an attempt to interpret Luther's theology for our own day.

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Publication Date: 1972
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This book about Luther's theology is written out of a two-fold conviction. First, that many of our problems have arisen because we have not really understood our own traditions, especially in the case of Luther; and second, that there is still a lot of help for us in someone like Luther if we take the trouble to probe beneath the surface. It is an attempt to interpret Luther's theology for our own day. The fundamental theme of the book is the "down-to-earth" character of Luther's theology. In using this theme, Forde points out that we have failed to understand the basic thrust or direction of Luther's theology and that this failure has caused and is still causing us grief. Modern scholarship has demonstrated that Luther simply did not share the views on the nature of faith and salvation that subsequent generations have foisted upon him and used to interpret his thinking. This book attempts to bring the results of some of that scholarship to light and make it more accessible to those who are searching for answers today. The central questions of Christianity are examined in this fresh restatement of Luther's thought the God-man relationship, the cross, the sacraments, this world and the next, and the role of the church. The author presents the "down-to-earth" character of Luther's theology in the hope that it will help individual Christians today to be both faithful to God and true to their human and social responsibilities.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 30, 2009
    Ed Nurge
    I saw this book in a church library several years ago, and found it to be the most readable description of Lutheran theology I've seen. It puts the grace of God in an understandable way without being too simplistic. It also made me rethink, in a good way, some of my conceptions about Luther (even as a Lutheran).
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 18, 2005
    steve
    There's a lot in this little book so be prepared to think! Is Christianity a ladder by which we get to God either by our own efforts or even by having Jesus do it for us while we "believe in Him"? The author shows how many problems are caused by this approach and uses Luther's teachings to let God come to us as we are.Good theology that quiets the legalism that it seems most of american evangelical christianity has fallen into. I wish I would have understood this years ago. A basic understanding of the Law/Gospel approach that people during the Reformation used to apply the Bible would be helpful prior to reading this book. There are not a lot of simple resources that teach about Law/Gospel approach to the Bible that so you may want to talk to a Lutheran pastor about that topic or try searching the web for "Law and Gospel" or CFW Walther's book "God's No and God's Yes".
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 22, 2000
    David Smith
    This is a very readable book about Luther's often misunderstood theology. As Luther touched off the Reformation, this book has touched off a reformation in my thinking about what God has done for us in Christ. Simply, an excellent work.
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