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Luther in Context [Paperback]

By David C. Steinmetz (Author)
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Pages   214
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.64" Width: 6.2" Height: 0.64"
Weight:   0.61 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2002
Publisher   Baker Academic
ISBN  0801026091  
EAN  9780801026096  

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Places Luther's thought in the context of his theological predecessors and contemporaries, introducing themes and problems that concerned Luther. Includes three new essays.

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Luther in Context places Martin Luther within his theological world -- a world in which he dialogued with other key thinkers including Plato, Augustine, Calvin, and Okham. This collection of essays casts light on Luther's thought by placing it within the context of his theological predecessors and contemporaries.

David Steinmetz explores some of the issues that were of considerable importance to Luther, including temptation, the hiddenness of God, and justification by faith alone. This expanded edition contains three additional essays, one of which is appearing in English for the first time. Students of the Reformation will find Luther in Context to be an insightful glimpse into the thought and theology of Martin Luther.

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More About David C. Steinmetz

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! David C. Steinmetz (1936-2015; ThD, Harvard University) was Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the History of Christianity at Duke Divinity School and a former president of the American Society of Church History. He authored a number of books, including "Luther and Staupitz "and "Calvin in Context." He also served as the general editor of the Oxford Studies in Historical Theology series.

David C. Steinmetz has an academic affiliation as follows - Duke University, North Carolina Duke Divinity School Duke Divinity Sch.

David C. Steinmetz has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Cambridge Companions to Religion
  2. Lutheran Quarterly Books

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Authentic Luther  May 31, 2006
David Steinmetz brings an excellent study with "Luther In Context" (2002). This 195-page paperback offers 20 pages of informative endnotes and a helpful 7-page index. Steinmetz writes authentic Luther!

Steinmetz brings a very readable style presenting a fresh new look at the originator of the Protestant Reformation. The book is replete with Luther theology (from salvation by grace alone, to only Scripture, to virtue arrives only through grace). Luther is diligently compared to Aquinas, Pelagians, Occamists and Anabaptists (and found superior to each). The book's discussions range from Augustinian doctrines that influenced Luther's early thinking, to the Zwinglian controversies that required Luther's later response (Luther strongly disliked the militant Protestant Ulrich Zwingli), to Luther's own commentary on Scripture (bringing, for me, his best Protestant effort).

Steinmetz teaches the great Reformer's reasons for translating Scripture form Latin into German. We discover Luther's "Two Kingdoms" for 16th century political theory. The author submits chapter 9- "Luther and the Drunkenness of Noah"- to effectively demonstate how Brother Martin went about Scriptural exegesis.

Perhaps Steinmetz makes his best effort with chapter 8- "Luther and Calvin on Church and Tradition". This is a brilliant presentation hosting Luther and Calvin together. We hear of the brief theological inter-play between the two Reformation icons (Luther was almost two generations older than Calvin). Steinmetz's account makes one wish for a presence during the Luther-Calvin 1539 conversation.

This book is recommended to all students of the Reformation, Luther readers, students of Church history and those curious about Martin Luther. this's price is good, order yours soon.
Intellectual History At Its Best!  Jan 6, 2001
There are Social Historians and there are Intellectual Historians. It is a sad thing that people today seems to prefer the findings of the Social Historians over the Intellectual Historians. For example, the Reformation is today analysed by many from the perspectives of economic pressures, political climate and social conditioning when the most crucial perspective of analysis should be centered upon the "Battle of Ideas".

This book seeks to do just that. Steinmetz shows Luther as someone born to Theology as much as Bach was born to Music! More than that, Steinmetz's Luther is a fighter - a wrestler! Like Jacob of old, here we see Luther contending with his "contemporaries" - by that I mean the characters and ideas that more than any social concerns or pressures occupied his thoughts and demanded an appropriate response. We see Luther versus Abraham, Luther versus Isaiah, Luther versus Paul, Luther versus Augustine, Luther versus Ockham, Luther versus Erasmus and ultimately we see Luther versus himself and Luther versus God!

In short, we see Luther's beliefs as the product of conflict/crisis - much unlike the convenient/functional sort we see in many today. Reading this book allows me to see many Lutheran doctrines with far greater clarity than ever - e.g. the Hidden God, the Bondage of the Will, etc. I see Luther as someone like Jacob in the Book of Genesis holding on to the LORD, clinging on for his dear life! Then I see Luther limping away after his fights... a better man, a defeated man, a victorious man, a rebel and a worshipper. Israel.

Read Althaus' "Theology of Martin Luther" as your primer on Lutheranism. Then read this book to see everything in clearer perspective and context. I dare you to remain cool and disinterested after experiencing these vigorous battles of the mind and spirit.


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