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|Title: Where God Meets Man, 50th Anniversary Edition: Luther's Down-to-Earth Approach to the Gospel|
By: Gerhard O. Forde, Study Guide by Bradley C. Jenson
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Fortress Press
Publication Date: 2021
|Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)|
Weight: 7 ounces
Stock No: WW468655
This book about Luther's theology is written out of a twofold 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. In this ground-breaking book, Forde interprets Luther's theology for our own day.
The fundamental theme of the book is the "down-to-earth" character of Luther's theology. Through this theme, Forde points out that we have failed to understand the basic thrust of Luther's theology and that this failure has caused and still causes us grief. Modern scholarship has demonstrated that Luther did not actually share some of the views on the nature of faith and salvation that subsequent generations have foisted upon him and have 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 searching for answers today.
The central questions of Christianity are examined in this fresh restatement of Luther's thought: the relationship between God and humanity, 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.
This 50th Anniversary Edition includes a preface by Marianna Forde and a new study guide by Bradley C. Jenson, created to encourage new readings and conversations about Forde's influential take on Luther, theology, and the church.
Gerhard O. Forde, Lutheran theologian and pastor, taught at St. Olaf College, Luther College, and Luther Seminary. In addition to his teaching, he served as a member of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogues for twenty years. He authored several books, including Justification by Faith: A Matter of Death and Life (1982), Theology Is for Proclamation (1990), and On Being a Theologian of the Cross: Reflections on Luther's Heidelberg Disputation, 1518 (1997). Three published collections of Forde's essays and sermons have been edited by Mark Mattes and Steven Paulson: A More Radical Gospel: Essays on Eschatology, Authority, Atonement, and Ecumenism (2004), The Preached God: Proclamation in Word and Sacrament (2007), and The Essential Forde (2019). Another collection of sermons, We Preach Christ Crucified: Sermons by Gerhard O. Forde (2016), was edited by his wife, Marianna. Gerhard Forde died on August 9, 2005.
Bradley C. Jenson, CFP®, CIMA®, is a graduate of St. Olaf College and Luther Seminary, where he was a student of Gerhard Forde. Jenson served congregations in the American Lutheran Church and the ELCA prior to retiring from pastoral ministry in 2002 and accepting a position in financial services.
"Forde's Where God Meets Man introduced a generation of students to Martin Luther's radical idea that God in Jesus Christ invades our lives to kill us, raise us up, and put us squarely on earth. This 50th Anniversary Edition, complete with an engaging study guide by Bradley Jensen, continues to have an unsettling power to renew faith and life." --Mark Tranvik, professor of Reformation history and theology, Luther Seminary
"Forde's writings rest on the conviction that the Lutheran Reformation conveyed the quintessence of Christianity with a theological precision and pastoral relevance that are unique and lasting. This book addresses the question: What is it to be Lutheran? But really: What is it to be Christian?" --Dorothea Wendebourg, chair, modern church and Reformation history, Humboldt University, Berlin
"Why has this book remained in print for fifty years? Because it clearly outlines a Lutheran theological perspective that is both illuminating and penetrating. Once you have read this book, you will, like me, want to read it again and again." --Joseph Burgess, former executive director, Division of Theological Studies, Lutheran Council in the USA
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