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Living by Faith: Justification and Sanctification

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“Living by faith” is much more than a general Christian precept; it is the fundamental posture of believers in a world rife with suffering and injustice. In this penetrating reflection on the meaning of “justification,” Oswald Bayer shows how this key religious term provides a comprehensive horizon for discussing every aspect of Christian theology, from creation to the end times.

Inspired by and interacting with Martin Luther, the great Christian thinker who grappled most intensely with the concept of justification, Bayer explores anew the full range of traditional dogmatics (sin, redemption, eschatology, and others), placing otherwise complex theological terms squarely within their proper milieu—everyday life. In the course of his discussion, Bayer touches on such deep questions as the hidden nature of God, the hope for universal justice, the problem of evil, and—one of the book’s most engaging motifs—Job’s daring lawsuit with God.

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  • Reflects on how justification frames discussions of every aspect of Christian theology
  • Interacts with Martin Luther’s writings on justification
  • Discusses complex theological themes within the context of everyday life
  • In the Dispute of “Justifications”
  • The Lawsuit about God before the Court of Human Reason
  • The Passive Righteousness of Faith
  • Faith Comes by Hearing
  • Faith and Sanctification
  • Faith within the Lawsuit about God—Before God
Oswald Bayer’s wide-ranging study of justification is a demonstration that the doctrine is alive, well, and highly salutary for our lost modern world. . . . This book demonstrates the perennial truth and relevance of Martin Luther’s historic discovery.

Colin Gunton, professor of systematic theology at King’s College, London

Oswald Bayer’s Living by Faith is a timely address and word of promise to our perennial efforts to justify ourselves and to our double bind of being both ‘excuse-making animals’ and finding our identities in our achievements.

—Carter Lindberg, professor emeritus of church history, School of Theology, Boston University

A fascinating exploration of the topic close to the heart of Lutherans. . . . This book is an excellent introduction to Luther’s thought on justification and sanctification, and their place and relationship in today’s world.

Anglican Theological Review

  • Title: Living by Faith: Justification and Sanctification
  • Author: Oswald Bayer
  • Series: Lutheran Quarterly Books
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Print Publication Date: 2017
  • Logos Release Date: 2015
  • Pages: 103
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Justification (Christian theology); Sanctification › Christianity; Lutheran Church › Doctrines
  • ISBNs: 9781506427133, 9780802839879, 9781506427140
  • Resource ID: LLS:LIVINGBYFAITH
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2019-10-03T22:46:00Z

Oswald Bayer (born September 30, 1939 in Nagold) is a German Lutheran theologian, and is Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology at the Evangelical Theological Faculty of the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Germany. The author of several books in German, he is also an ordained pastor of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Württemberg and president of the senate of the Luther Academy in Ratzeburg.

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  1. Glenn Crouch

    Glenn Crouch

    6/15/2017

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    When I started this small book, I thought I had erred in choosing to read it. I found the first chapter (and most of the 2nd) to be very philosophical - and required quite a bit of concentration and re-reading to follow the Author. But I praise the Lord that I persisted as from Chapter 3 onward this small book took hold of Luther's arguments and made them come alive, as the Author addressed not only the areas of Justification and Sanctification, but also covers how this applies to Theodicy (ie the problem of evil). The Author really seems to grasp what Luther argued for - not only in his debate with Erasmus - but in the whole concept of Passive Righteousness. Strongly recommended for fellow Lutherans, and those who want to come to grips with the Lutheran views in these areas. This is an excellent book, and one that I will read again!
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