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T&T Clark Lutheran Studies Collection (5 vols.)
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Overview

What are the essentials of Lutheran theology? This collection examines this question from a number of different angles. Lutheran Theology examines the genesis and development of Lutheran theology, affirming and critiquing along the way. Luther: A Guide for the Perplexed presents insights into the mind of the first Lutheran, Martin Luther himself. There are two volumes on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German martyr whose life and thought has had great impact in and out of the Lutheran church. Finally, there is a unique volume that juxtaposes Luther’s understanding of free will with that of his sympathetic nemesis Desiderius Erasmus.

The Logos edition enables you to get the most out of this collection. Every word is indexed for near-instant search results. The works are completely tagged for easy cross-referencing and side-by-side comparison. Scripture references appear on mouseover and a click takes you to the passage in context. Whether you are new to the tradition or a cradle Lutheran, this collection is a must.

Key Features

  • Explanation of key Lutheran beliefs by major Lutheran scholars
  • Comparison of central Reformation documents
  • In-depth analysis of the best-known Lutheran theologian of the twentieth century

Individual Titles

Lutheran Theology

  • Author: Stephen D. Paulson
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 304

This title offers an introduction for students and lay readers to doing theology in the Lutheran tradition. Lutheran theology found its source, and so its name, in Martin Luther in the sixteenth century. The theology that emerged identified two essential matters for the relationship between humans and God, the law and the gospel. It made a simple but extremely unusual and controversial claim—that it was not the law that made a person right before God’s final judgment, but the gospel of Christ’s death on the cross for sinners. This book will lay out the implications of having all theology confessed and delivered in two parts: the sinner and God (the justifier).

“Unwilling to neutralize the core Lutheran teaching that God is in the business of killing off sinners just so that new beings might rise in faith, Paulson holds the wider Lutheran tradition accountable to Luther’s own unique distinction of the law as accusation and the gospel as promise. Here we learn much of the Lutheran tradition—Paulson himself writes in the grand style of theological loci, approaching doctrine as outlined from Paul’s argument in Romans. Paulson’s approach to faith has an inerasable edge—if theology is to avoid being pointless, it must be for proclamation. Here is a theology beholden to God’s word that does what it says and says what it does—finally remaking humanity out of the nothingness of sin and death.

—Mark Mattes, professor of religion and philosophy, Grand View University

Martin Luther did not so much set out to reform the church as he did to reform preaching. Steven Paulson gets to the heart of Lutheranism—not as a denomination nor as a movement—but as the preaching of Christ crucified for the justification of sinners. Tracing the trajectory of Luther’s preaching in subsequent centuries, noting how it bumps up against attempts to domesticate its assertiveness or ground its doctrine according to one worldview or another, Paulson is persistent in following Luther’s own evangelical logic in making the necessary distinction between law and gospel, God hidden and God revealed, to provide contemporary readers with a vigorous introduction to the loci of Lutheran theology. With the epistle to the Romans as his framework, Paulson deftly gives an account of Luther’s confession of Jesus Christ and with precision and literary craftsmanship identifies the use (and misuse) of this theology in the church which bears his name.

—John T. Pless, assistant professor of pastoral ministry and mission, Concordia Theological Seminary

Looking over Martin Luther’s shoulder as he studies the Scriptures and into his heart as it hosts the battle between Satan’s deception and doubt and the Holy Spirit’s truth and trust, Paulson plunges into the depths of Luther’s way of thinking. He penetrates the Wittenberg reformer’s intricate yet simple address of the realities of human experience with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Throughout, he engages other representatives of Lutheran culture and tradition, critically and perceptively, as they repeated or departed from Luther’s insights. This volume aids twenty-first century readers in reaping a rich harvest from his insight for the proclamation of repentance and the forgiveness of sins in our day.

—Robert Kolb, Concordia Seminary

Stephen D. Paulson is associate professor of systematic theology at Luther Seminary

Luther: A Guide for the Perplexed

  • Author: David M. Whitford
  • Series: Guides for the Perplexed
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 192

This is an upper-level introduction to the German Reformer Martin Luther, who by his thought and action was a key pioneer in the Reformation movement. Martin Luther was one of the most influential and important figures of the second millennium. His break with Rome and the development of separate Evangelical churches affected not just the religious life of Europe, but also social and political landscapes as well. More books have been written about Luther than nearly any other historical figure. Despite all these books, Luther remains an enigmatic figure. This book proposes to examine a number of key moments in Luther's life and fundamental theological positions that remain perplexing to most students. This book will also present an introduction to the primary sources available to a student and important secondary works that ought to be consulted.

Martin Luther is for the most part fascinating, sometimes annoying, and for many people perplexing. David Whitford provides an insight to the reformer's biographical context, his theological foundations, and primarily his political theory. The basic nature of the content leads to an elementary understanding of Luther. At no point does Whitford evade discussing problems in Luther’s theology, instead inviting discussion with him concerning his interpretation. The book should be read by beginners in Luther studies, taking their first steps, as well by scholars who seek a fresh look on Luther.

—Volker Leppin, professor of church history, University of Tübingen

David Whitford’s graceful new study does exactly what its title promises: guide readers who have only a vague notion of Martin Luther through his life, ideas, and key writings. The book explains complex theological issues in clear, but not overly simplistic, language, and does not avoid the controversies in which Luther was involved, many of which remain matters of debate today: Do humans have free will? Does religion allow one to oppose the government? How should Christians regard the Jews? How should Christians regard—and treat—each other?

—Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks, department of history, University of Wisconsin

Venturing across centuries and continents to encounter great thinkers of the past always involves a cross-cultural experience, for which a guide is mandatory as we make the first trip. David Whitford takes twenty-first century readers without much background in the Europe of the sixteenth century in hand and offers views of Martin’s life and thought that provide a path into his world and way of proclaiming the biblical message to his contemporaries. Readers in conversation with the author gain facts and flavor as they move across the bridges he builds from now back to then.

—Robert Kolb, professor emeritus of systematic theology, Concordia Seminary

David M. Whitford is professor of the history of Christianity at United Theological Seminary. He is the author of Tyranny and Resistance: The Lutheran Tradition and the Magdeburg Confession and Reformation and Early Modern Europe: A Guide to Research as well as numerous articles on Reformation Europe. He is the associate editor of The Sixteenth Century Journal.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Struggle for the German Church 1919-1990

  • Author: Robert Bates
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 288

The involved and complex story of the German Church Struggle needs to be viewed within a wider perspective than the 12 years of Nazi rule. Its roots lie deep within the varieties of theologies in the Weimar years (1919–1933) and its effects stretch forward to the eventual reunification of Germany in 1989–1990. A common thread between the competing parties within the struggle was a concern for the renewal and relevance of the German Protestant churches. Both in his life and writings, Dietrich Bonhoeffer can offer us a useful lens through which to view both these earlier and later dimensions of the struggle. Though only a minor figure in the events at the time, he was deeply committed to the future of the church and his ecumenical contacts placed him in a unique position from which to try to influence developments. The book draws upon both contemporary accounts and recent scholarship about the German Church Struggle and seeks to offer its readers an introductory but more balanced picture than hitherto available to English speaking readers.

Robert Batesis chaplain to the Westminster Institute of Education at Oxford Brookes University. He is a member of both the German- and the English-language sections of the International Bonhoeffer Society and has contributed to several Bonhoeffer conferences.

Bonhoeffer’s Ethics

  • Author: Philip G. Ziegler
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 176

Bonhoeffer considered his Ethics the culmination of his theological existence, consisting of a series of well-worked fragments written between September 1941 and his arrest in April of 1943. In a series of varied beginnings, Bonhoeffer tackles the central questions of Christian ethics. The work is of perennial importance for a number of reasons. First, it represents the most extensive presentation of the themes of Bonhoeffer’s mature thought, and thus is key to understanding his entire corpus, including the famous prison letters. Second, it examines the ultimate origin and fundamental orientation of a specifically Christian ethic with powerful theological insights hard-won from the crucible of the German Church Struggle. Third, Bonhoeffer develops several distinctive themes—Christian freedom and responsibility, the notions of the natural, the penultimate, the divine mandates, ethics as formation, and vicarious representation—which have proved decisive to the shaping of theological ethics ever since. Fourth and finally, Bonhoeffer’s Ethics represents one of the signal attempts in the last century to formulate a Christian ethic on the soil of the renewed theology of the Word.

Philip G. Ziegler is a lecturer at the University of Aberdeen.

Discourse on Free Will

  • Authors: Desiderius Erasmus and Martin Luther
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 160

Desiderius Erasmus was the most renowned scholar of his age, a celebrated humanist and classicist, and the first teacher of Greek at Cambridge. An influential figure in the Protestant Reformation, though without ever breaking from the Church himself, he satirised both human folly and the corruption of the Church. Martin Luther was the founder of the German Reformation. His 95 Theses became a manifesto for reform of the Catholic Church and led to his being tried for heresy. He remained in Germany, professor of biblical exegesis at the University of Wittenberg, until his death, publishing a large number of works, including three major treatises and a translation of the New Testament into German. Comprising Erasmus’s The Free Will and Luther’s The Bondage of the Will, Discourse on Free Will is a landmark text in the history of Protestantism. Encapsulating the perspective on free will of two of the most important figures in the history of Christianity, it remains to this day a powerful, thought-provoking, and timely work.

Desiderius Erasmus (1466–1536) was a priest, scholar, author, and translator known as a leading figure in the Renaissance humanist movement before and during the Reformation. In 1506, he graduated as doctor of divinity from Turin University, and later was Lady Margaret’s professor of divinity at the University of Cambridge. He then taught at Queens College, Cambridge, for five years before becoming an independent scholar. Erasmus’ works were very influential: his books were produced in many editions and translations and printed all through Europe during his lifetime.

Martin Luther (1483–1546) was one of the most significant figures in Western history and a key figure in the Protestant Reformation. Over the course of his life, Luther was a monk, a priest, a professor of biblical literature, a reformer, a husband, and a father.

Product Details

  • Title: T&T Clark Lutheran Studies Collection
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Volumes: 5
  • Pages: 1,120