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The Substance of Faith: Luther’s Doctrinal Theology for Today
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The Substance of Faith: Luther’s Doctrinal Theology for Today

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Fortress Press 2008

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This useful and insightful volume aims to illustrate, espouse, and renew the discipline of doctrinal theology, particularly as exemplified historically by Martin Luther and his theological reflection on the Trinity.

The authors, steeped both in Luther’s works and in the doctrinal tradition, show how dogmatics in the Lutheran tradition entails a delicate juxtaposition of credal commitment, scriptural interpretation, and doctrinal elaboration. Their respective chapters retrieve surprising historical insights about Luther’s own practice of doctrinal theology, the interaction of the credal and doctrinal dimensions with a nuanced hermeneutic of scripture, and the future shape of a doctrinal theology genuinely responsive to the gospel and the present age.

In the Logos edition of The Substance of Faith, you get easy access to Scripture texts and to a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Hovering over Scripture references links you instantly to the verse you’re looking for, and with Passage Guides, Word Studies, and a wealth of other tools from Logos, you can delve into God’s Word like never before!

Key Features

  • Introduction by Paul R. Hinlicky
  • Historical insights about Luther’s own practice of doctrinal theology
  • Bibliographical references and index

Praise for the Print Edition

The Substance of the Faith addresses a topic that has become increasingly important in recent years within Luther research: Luther’s essential reflections on Trinity and Christology. The authors’ way of dealing with the core distinctions of these matters opens up their meaning to any interested reader and reveals their importance at the heart of Lutheranism and of Christianity itself.

—Anna Vind, faculty of theology, University of Copenhagen

Product Details

  • Title: The Substance of Faith: Luther’s Doctrinal Theology for Today
  • Authors: Dennis Bielfeldt, Paul R. Hinlicky, and Mickey L. Mattox
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 222

About the Authors

Dennis Bielfeldt is a professor of philosophy and religion at South Dakota State University in Brookings.

Paul R. Hinlicky is Tice Professor of Lutheran Studies at Roanoke College in Virginia.

Mickey L. Mattox is an assistant professor of theology at Marquette University and a specialist in the theology of Martin Luther.