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Theology the Lutheran Way (Lutheran Quarterly Books) [Paperback]

By Oswald Bayer (Author)
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Pages   302
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.3" Height: 0.84"
Weight:   1.02 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2007
ISBN  0802824528  
EAN  9780802824523  

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A useful handbook of systematic theology from a master Lutheran theologian Translated by Jeffrey Silcock and Mark Mattes Series editor Paul Rorem

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Rather than asking if theology is theoretical or practical -- a question that reveals a fundamental lack of understanding about the nature of theology in general -- it is better to ask "What exactly is theology?" It is this question that Oswald Bayer attempts to answer in Theology the Lutheran Way, clearing up misconceptions about the essence of theology. Along with Luther himself, Bayer claims that theology, rather than being something that we do, is really what God does.Based primarily on the third section of Bayer's original German work of the same title, this book evaluates certain approaches to theology that have been influential, from Schleiermacher's understanding of theology to debates with Kant, Hegel, and Bultmann. It also includes a substantial section on Luther from the original in order to clarify the Lutheran tradition.

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Oswald Bayer, Eberhard-Karls-Universitat Tubingen; Benjamin Gleede, Tubinger Zentrum fur Augustinusforschung.

Oswald Bayer has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Tubingen.

Oswald Bayer has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Oxford Studies in Theological Ethics
  2. Theologische Bibliothek Topelmann

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Theology is for Divine Service  Oct 25, 2007
This is a great book. The Lutheran Quarterly Books series has concentrated on publishing works from two crucial Lutheran theologians- Gerharde Forde and Oswald Bayer. One easy way to summarize the thesis of Bayer's book is to say that, just as Forde stated that "theology is for proclamation," Bayer here argues that "theology is for divine service."

What does he mean by this? His basic thesis is that theolog has two inseparable sides- the "monastic" side, its liturgical spirituality, the first order discourse of worship. And then it has an "academic" (wissenschaft) side, the secondary discourse on the primary texts (forms of speech and worship). The two are inseparable, just as in Forde's thought, theology drives and leads to proclamation, but also emerges from proclamation and so leads to further proclamation.

The book is also an excellent resource because Bayer summarizes and introduces Luther's understanding of theology. He focuses especially on Luther's three "rules", rules Luther learned from his repeated praying of Psalm 119. In his introduction to the New Testament translation, Luther offered three rules for theology: Oratio (reading out loud), meditatio (praying or contemplating), and tentatio (suffering or undergoing the text).

Along the way, Bayer addresses issues in the philosophy of science, the study of speech acts, and critiques the main modernist proposals- Schleiermacher, Kant, Hegel, and Bultmann.

Anyone could read this book as a fascinating introduction to theology the Lutheran way. Lutherans will be edified, and will be pushed to clarify their own assumptions and reading of Luther.

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