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Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Lexham Press
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
Martin Luther was classically orthodox.
Scholars often portray Luther as a heroic revolutionary, totally unlike his peers and forebearsas if he alone inaugurated modernity. But is this accurate? Is this even fair? At times this revolutionary model of Luther has come to some shocking conclusions, particularly concerning the doctrine of the Trinity. Some have called Luther modalist or tritheistsomehow theologically heterodox.
In The Trinity and Martin Luther Christine Helmer uncovers Luther's trinitarian theology. The Trinity is the central doctrine of the Christian faith. It's not enough for dusty, ivory tower academics to know and understand it. Common people need the Trinity, too. Doctrine matters.
Martin Luther knew this. But how did he communicate the doctrine of the Trinity to lay and learned listeners? And how does his trinitarian teaching relate to the medieval Christian theological and philosophical tradition?
Helmer upends stereotypes of Luther's doctrine of the Trinity.
This definitive work has been updated with a new foreword and with fresh translations of Luther's Latin and German texts.
"Dr. Christine Helmer places Luther in the venerable company of the speculative theologians of the Trinity. She interprets both the novelty and the continuity of Luther's reason-able faith-language within the spectrum of centuries of attempts to penetrate the mysteries of the Divine Three in One. Diagnosing philosophically the questionable directions of past Luther scholarship and the hermeneutical decisions that have underscored the 'newness' of the reformer's Christ-centricism, Helmer presents a convincing argument for the Trinitarian foundation of Luther's theology as expressed in various genres. An intelligent, compelling, and inspiring contribution that belongs in the front row of scholarly examination of the core, and ecumenical promise, of Luther's theology."