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Principles of Lutheran Theology, 2nd ed.

ISBN: 9780800638351
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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.

  • Addresses the confessional criteria of Christian theology in the Lutheran tradition
  • Includes a new chapter on the Trinity
  • Provides eight principles that can help students of theology, pastoral leaders, and the Christian laity interpret the gospel rightly
  • The Canonical Principle
  • The Confessional Principle
  • The Ecumenical Principle
  • The Trinitarian Principle
  • The Christocentric Principle
  • The Sacramental Principle
  • The Law/Gospel Principle
  • The Two-Kingdoms Principle
This book still crackles with the electricity of a premier theologian delivering his ‘here I stand’ confession of faith before the world. It remains the manifesto of the most important church reform movement of this generation, and the years since its first appearance have only confirmed the prescience of Braaten’s vision.... Principles of Lutheran Theology is a modern classic that criticizes, illumines, and inspires with missionary zeal and catholic breadth. This second edition should be read by a new generation who will learn from a master what theology can and must do.

—Steven D. Paulson, Professor of Systematic Theology, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota

Carl Braaten and Fortress Press have offered a fine gift to the church in publishing a new and revised edition of Principles of Lutheran Theology, including an additional chapter on “The Trinitarian Principle.” Now current and future generations of students, like those of the past, can learn the key doctrinal teachings of Lutheran Christianity from a true teacher of the church. As ever, Braaten’s construal of Lutheran theology is clear, concise, colorful, persuasive, and accurate.”

—Robert Benne, Jordan-Trexler Professor of Religion Emeritus, Roanoke College, Virginia

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Carl E. Braaten is professor emeritus of systematic theology at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and former executive director of the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology.


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    Digital list price: $19.00
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