Principles of Lutheran Theology

ISBN-10: 0800638352

ISBN-13: 9780800638351

Edition: 2nd 2007 (Revised)

Authors: Carl E. Braaten

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First published in 1983, Principles of Lutheran Theology has guided students into theological reflection on the landmarks of Christian faith as understood in the Lutheran confessional heritage for a generation. The book sets forth the main principles of classical Lutheran theology but with an eschatological accent. Canon, confession, ecumenicity, Christ-centeredness, sacrament, law/ gospel, and two kingdoms are all examined not only in terms of their original meaning and historical development but also in light of current reflections. In this new edition, Braaten takes stock of the research and reflection of the last twenty-five years and also adds a chapter on the distinctive, Archimedean Lutheran insight into the hiddenness of God as a fount or ground of all theologizing. This new edition, cross-referenced to key readings in Luther's Works and The Book of Concord, will both equip and facilitate the search for a contemporary articulation of Christian identity in light of the church's historic commitments.
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List price: $19.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 3/21/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 180
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Ronald F. Marshall (MA, Claremont Graduate School) has been the pastor at First Lutheran Church of West Seattle since he was ordained there in 1979. He is the author of more than fifty articles, specializing in the thought of Martin Luther and Soren Kierkegaard. For more details on Pastor Marshall, go to

Preface to the Second Edition
The Canonical Principle
The Canon
The Authority of Scripture
Tradition and Interpretation
The Uses of Scripture
The Bible in Contemporary Theology
Sola Scriptura
The Confessional Principle
The Confessional Factor in Christian Faith
The Problem of Confessional Identity
The Self-Understanding of the Confessions
The Hermeneutical Function of the Confessions
Challenges to Our Confessional Principle
The Ecumenical Principle
Defining the Church
The Significance of the Ecumenical Movement
The Apostolicity of the Church
The Catholicity of the Church
The Holiness of the Church
The Unity of the Church
The Trinitarian Principle
The Nicene Commitment
Today's Approaches to the Question of God
The Place and Limits of Natural Theology
Renewing the Doctrine of the Trinity
Contemporary Challenges to the Trinity
The Christocentric Principle
The Logic of Salvation
The Contemporary Shape of the Soterioiogical Question
The Spectrum of Salvation
Permanent Elements in a Theology of Salvation
Justification and Liberation
The Universal Meaning of Jesus Christ
The Sacramental Principle
The Protestant Captivit of the Sacraments
The Controversy over the Lord's Supper
The Christological Foundation of the Lord's Supper
The Contemporary Crisis in Christology
A Sacramental Vision of the Creation
Implications for Life Today
The Law/Gospel Principle
What Is the Gospel?
Law and Gospel
The Ordo Salutis
Sola Gratia as a Critique of Religion
The Ladders to Heaven
The Two-Kingdoms Principle
The Theological Problem of Human Rights
The Ecumenical Triangle
The Nature of Law
The Function of the Law
The Two-Kingdoms Perspective
The Eschatological Horizon
Index of Names
Index of Subjects
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