Martin Luther's Theology of Beauty: A Reappraisal
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Martin Luther’s Theology of Beauty is the first extensive study on Luther's theological aesthetics. In it, Mark Mattes explains that the concept of beauty is a crucial theme for Luther's paradoxical understanding of justification by grace alone through faith alone. He seeks to draw out the theological and spiritual implications of that truth by showing how Luther affirms music and visual imagery as human expressions of beauty. Mattes explains that for Luther, the cross is the lens through which the beauty of God is refracted into the world, and it is the beauty of the gospel that enables believers to feel at home in God’s creation when others struggle to find purpose and meaning.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Baker Academic
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0801098378
ISBN-13: 9780801098376

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Many contemporary theologians seek to retrieve the concept of beauty as a way for people to encounter God. This groundbreaking book argues that while Martin Luther's view of beauty has often been ignored or underappreciated, it has much to contribute to that quest. Mark Mattes, one of today's leading Lutheran theologians, analyzes Luther's theological aesthetics and discusses its implications for music, art, and the contemplative life. Mattes shows that for Luther, the cross is the lens through which the beauty of God is refracted into the world.

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Mark C. Mattes (PhD, University of Chicago) is professor of philosophy and religion at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. He previously served parishes in Illinois and Wisconsin. Mattes has authored, edited, or translated a number of books and is an associate editor of the forthcoming Dictionary of Luther and the Lutheran Traditions.

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