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Harvesting Martin Luther’s Reflections on Theology, Ethics, and the Church

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As profound as Martin Luther’s ideas are, this giant of church history was concerned above all with practical instruction for daily Christian living. Harvesting Martin Luther’s Reflections highlights this concern of Luther, mining his thought in key areas of doctrine, ethics, and church practice. Gathering noteworthy contributions by well-known Luther scholars from Europe and the Americas, this book ranges broadly over theological questions about baptism and righteousness, ethical issues like poverty and greed, and pastoral concerns like worship and spirituality. There are even rare discussions of Luther’s perspective on marriage and on Islam. As a result, Harvesting Martin Luther’s Reflections is both a state-of-the-art discussion of Lutheran themes and an excellent introduction for newcomers to Luther’s work.

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“Luther realized, however, that what made him genuinely right in God’s sight had to be distinguished from what made him truly human—genuinely right—in relationship to other creatures of God.” (Page 41)

“A Christian who merely goes through the motions or relies exclusively on manifest religiosity is not truly Christian” (Page 251)

“remember that the righteousness of God is that by which we are justified, or the gift of the forgiveness of sins” (Pages 39–40)

“the passive righteousness with which merciful God justifies us by faith” (Page 40)

“two definitions for the term ‘the righteousness of God” (Page 39)

  • Title: Harvesting Martin Luther’s Reflections on Theology, Ethics, and the Church
  • Author: Timothy J. Wengert
  • Series: Lutheran Quarterly Books
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Print Publication Date: 2017
  • Logos Release Date: 2015
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Luther, Martin, 1483-1546; Theology, doctrinal › History--16th century; Christian ethics › History--16th century; Church › History of doctrines--16th century; Lutheran Church › Doctrines--History--16th century
  • ISBNs: 0802824862, 9780802824868
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T00:37:09Z

Timothy Wengert teaches and does research in Reformation History and the Lutheran Confessions. In 1981 he discovered and published notes on two of Martin Luther’s sermons from 1520. His dissertation, published by Librairie Droz in Geneva Switzerland, investigates Philip Melanchthon’s interpretation of John’s Gospel. While a representative for the ELCA on the Commission on Faith and Order of the National Council of Churches, he co-edited a book for Eerdmans publishing house on the role of church history in ecumenism, Telling the Churches’ Stories. In 2000 a new English edition of The Book of Concord appeared edited jointly by Robert Kolb and Timothy Wengert (Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Publishers). His translation of Luther’s Small Catechism from that volume is used widely throughout the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He has written two other books on Philip Melanchthon: Human Freedom, Christian Righteousness (Oxford University Press) focuses on Melanchthon’s relation to Erasmus. Law and Gospel (Baker Books) concentrates on his relation to John Agricola and the third use of the law. In 1997, for the 500th anniversary of Melanchthon’s birth, he edited a book for Sheffield Academic Press entitled Philip Melanchthon (1497-1560) and the Commentary. In February 2000, the city of Bretten, Germany (Melanchthon’s birth place) awarded him Melanchthon Prize for contributions to the field of Reformation scholarship, especially for his book on Melanchthon and Erasmus.


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