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T&T Clark Lutheran Reformation Day Collection (6 vols.)
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Get a well-rounded bundle of Reformation theology, history, and ideology in the T&T Clark Lutheran Reformation Day Collection. You’ll see traditional as well as cutting-edge analyses of Lutheran theological positions, this Lutheran movement in church history, and the influence of Lutheran thinkers on recent theology. This readable yet scholarly collection is a perfect entry point or add-on to any modern Protestant library.

The Logos Bible Software edition of the T&T Clark Lutheran Reformation Day Collection streamlines and enhances your study. Bible passages link directly to your English translations and original-language texts, and important theological concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches by topic to find what other authors, scholars, and theologians have to say about infant baptism, covenant theology, the gift of tongues, and more.

Make sure to check out the exhaustive Lutheran systematic theology, Theological Commonplaces.

Product Details

  • Title: T&T Clark Lutheran Reformation Day Collection
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Volumes: 6
  • Pages: 2,139
  • Topic: Theology

The Self-Giving God and Salvation History: The Trinitarian Theology of Johannes von Hofmann

  • Author: Matthew L. Becker
  • Publisher: T & T Clark International
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 320

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Hofmann (1810–1877) was one of the most significant theologians of the 19th century and perhaps the century’s most influential Lutheran theologian. Matthew L. Becker introduces us to Hofmann’s Trinitarian view of God.

According to Hofmann, God freely chose to give himself out of divine love. Becker’s book centers on Hofmann’s understanding of history. In Hofmann’s Trinitarian kenosis, the eternal God has become historical by self-emptying God’s self into Jesus. For Hofmann, world history can only be understood within the historical self-giving of the triune God who is love. Thus, for Hofmann all of history is salvation-history, a kind of history that embraces and fulfills God’s purposes in the world.

Heilsgeschichte is the one German word every student of theology learns. Here Matthew Becker introduces us to the father of the ‘history of salvation’ way of thinking that Oscar Cullmann popularized in Christ in Time. An added bonus is Becker’s surprising thesis that, contrary to common opinion, Trinitarian theology was alive and well in the nineteenth century, prior to its alleged rebirth in the dogmatics of Karl Barth.

—The Rev. Dr. Carl E. Braaten, Executive Director, Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology

Using the whole range of Hoffmann’s work, including the lectures on dogmatics that Hofmann left unpublished, Becker has written a book that makes a significant addition… to the extensive literature in German [on Hofmann]. The Self-Giving God and Salvation History ranges widely over Hofmann’s theology and his intellectual world – and digs deeply, with meticulous attention to detail. Professor Becker’s concern is not only to set the record straight on this often misunderstood theologian, but also to continue the critical engagement with his thoughts that began in his own day and to set them alongside the present-day theological discussion, which in some respects Hofmann anticipated.

—From the Forward by Brian A. Gerrish, John Nuveen Professor Emeritus, The University of Chicago Divinity School

Matthew L. Becker is Visiting Associate Professor of Theology at Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana. An ordained Lutheran minister, Dr. Becker has served congregations in Chicago and Oregon. He is a co-editor of God Opens Doors, a history of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in the Pacific Northwest.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer 1906–1945: Martyr, Thinker, Man of Resistance

  • Author: Ferdinand Schlingensiepen
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 472

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This volume offers a new comprehensive biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Bonhoeffer has gained a position as one of the most prominent Christian martyrs of the last century. His influence is so widespread that over half a century after his execution by the Nazis, Bonhoeffer’s life and work are still the subject of fresh and lively discussion. As a pastor and theologian, Bonhoeffer decided to resist the Nazis in Germany, but his resistance was not solely theological. He played a key leadership role in the Confessing Church, a major source of Christian opposition to Hitler and his anti-Semitism and was principal of the secret seminary at Finkenwalde in Pomerania.

It was here that he developed his theological visions of radical discipleship and communal life. In 1938, he joined the Wehrmacht's “Abwehr,” the German Military Intelligence Office, in order to seek international support for the plot against Hitler. Following his inner calling and conscience meant that Bonhoeffer was continually forced to make decisions that separated him from his family, friends, and colleagues, and which ultimately led to his martyrdom in Flossenbürg concentration camp, less than a month before the Second World War came to an end. His letters and papers from prison movingly express the development of some of the most provocative and fascinating ideas of twentieth-century theology.

Sixty years after Bonhoeffer’s death and 40 years after the publication of Eberhard Bethge’s ground breaking biography, Ferdinand Schlingensiepen offers a definitive new book on Bonhoeffer, for a new generation of readers. Schlingensiepen takes into account documents that have only been made accessible during the last few years—such as the letters between Bonhoeffer and his fiancée Maria von Wedemeyer. Schlingensiepen’s careful narrative brings to life the historical events, as well as displaying the theological development of one of the most creative thinkers of the twentieth century, who was to become one of its most tragic martyrs.

When the last paragraph is finished, the reader is left with the sadness that such a grand Christian should have had his life so brutally ended, but also with a feeling of strange warmth in the fact of the great strength, the hope, faith, and love of the Lord Jesus whom Bonhoeffer served so loyally . . . Read this book and walk with him.

Methodist Recorder

One measure of a good biography is the degree to which it keeps this anachronistic tendency in check. When judged by this criterion, Ferdinand Schlingensiepen’s new book is without peer. The author’s knowledge of Bonhoeffer and his familiarity with the massive amount of research that has been done over the past 50 years are readily apparent, and they result in a clear and compelling picture of Bonhoeffer’s life, work, and witness . . . Schlingensiepen excels at navigating through the many settings, characters, and plots that converge to form the contours of this life . . . Schlingensiepen is equally masterful at relating the intimate relationships of Bonhoeffer’s life . . . We are in his debt for the good work that he has done, opening a new window into the remarkable life, witness, and scholarship of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

The Christian Century

This new biography is one of the most important resources for taking us forward in dialogue with Bonhoeffer during the coming years.

—John W. de Gruchy, emeritus professor, University of Cape Town

Dietrich Bonhoeffer 1906-1945: Martyr, Thinker, Man of Resistance should be recommended to a wide readership. As a streamlined and updated account of Bonhoeffer, it is ideal for new readers of Bonhoeffer. For such readers, it offers comprehensive and nuanced accounts of Bonhoeffer’s cultural and political challenges. This biography also instantly becomes the starting point for those interested in Bonhoeffer, the man of resistance.

Political Theology

In fact, there are a number of excellent biographies that offer an account of Bonhoeffer’s life that is both thorough and engagingly readable . . . that capture the full sweep of his remarkable story. The best is Ferdinand Schlingensiepen’s Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 1906–1945, Martyr, Thinker, Man of Resistance . . . Ferdinand Schlingensiepen worked closely with Bethge and served on the editorial board of the sixteen-volume Bonhoeffer work. A nice bonus: He got permission from the Bonhoeffer family to print previously unpublished photographs.

—Charles Marsh, commonwealth professor of religious studies, University of Virginia

The time is long overdue for a good, shorter biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer that has the depth and scope of the Bethge biography. Schlingensiepen has written it. His is accurate, thoughtful, and shows a solid grasp of the history of the churches under National Socialism—not surprising, since the author’s father was himself active in the Confessing Church. That’s important for understanding Dietrich Bonhoeffer as a person, for he was very much a product of his religious tradition and training as well as its most provocative critic and visionary. The portrayal of Bonhoeffer’s role in the Confessing Church (and his conflicts with it) is fascinating. The newer documents that have come to light since the Bethge biography, particularly the correspondence between Bonhoeffer and his fiancée, are referenced, giving more glimpses of Bonhoeffer’s personal development. This is a fine biography and important background reading for anyone who is reading Bonhoeffer’s theological classics, for it shows the life from which these classics emerged.

—Victoria Barnett, general editor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer Works

Ferdinand Schlingensiepen is one of the founders of the International Bonhoeffer Society. His father was principal of one of the seminaries of the Confessing Church. As a theologian and pastor, Schlingensiepen was a close friend of Eberhard Bethge. He has published widely on Bonhoeffer, Heinrich Heine, and the German novelist, Theodor Fontane.

Internal History of German Protestantism

  • Author: Karl Friedrich August Kahnis
  • Translator: Theodore Meyer
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 1856
  • Pages: 331

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In the early twentieth century, German theology was highly sought after for its impact on the Christian world, highly misunderstood because it was often so difficult to translate, and feared because of the massive ideological divisions arising in World War I. As access and exposure to German theology increased due to more translations being produced and more people learning German, it became apparent that this country’s theological writings had much to offer the whole body of the Christian church. As the British translator Theodore Meyer phrased it, “Germany [was], with an envious eye, looked to as the El Dorado where a youthful and free theology [was] thriving and prospering.”

Internal History of German Protestantism offers some of the finest historical records of Germany’s theological development, covering illuminism, “the renovation,” mediation theology, the church’s self-renovation, and the theologians who shaped Germany’s development and growth.

This book, which is not only written with a fresh vitality, energetic power, and deep interest and sympathy, but is also founded on the most thorough preliminary studies, honors its author as much as it does the cause of the church of which he is a minister, and from the bosom and heart of which this testimony has sprung forth. Two things, especially, distinguish this work—first, the decision, which does not in the least derogate from and compromise the cause of the Lord and His Church; and, secondly, the true impartiality, and the willingness, undisguised and confirmed by deed, joyfully, and without envy, to acknowledge all that is in any way commendable. And closely connected with this is his charity in judging of human weaknesses, errors, and mistakes, so that the saying of the old Roman poet: ‘Homo sum, et nihil humani a me alienum puto,’ is, in a Christian manner, confirmed and purified.

Zeitschrift für Lutherische Theologie u. Kirche

Karl Friedrich August Kahnis (1814–1888) was a German Neo-Lutheran theologian. He came from a poor background and was educated in Greiz. He then became a private tutor for a few years before studying theology at Halle. In 1860, he became canon of Meissen Cathedral and from 1864 to 1865 he was rector of Leipzig University.

Lutheran Theology

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

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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, professor emeritus of systematic theology, 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

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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 religion in Reformation studies at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. 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.

T&T Clark Companion to Reformation Theology

  • Editor: David M. Whitford
  • Series: Bloomsbury Companions
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 520

This volume is a major reference work on all aspects of theology in the reformation period. Editor David M. Whitford assembles an able group of scholars to present a detailed outline of the Reformed tradition. The contributors guide the reader through the historical background and theological development of this rich heritage. Major topics of theology within the Reformed tradition are discussed, including human nature and the fall, election and justification, the sacraments, eschatology and the Antichrist, and much more. The essays provide a helpful guide to the major aspects of the historic Reformed faith and offer new insights that will generate further dialogue and refinement of the tradition.

David Whitford has succeeded in bringing those specialists together that have given in this book a full oversight of the theology of the Reformation in all of its variety. Latest results of research, a fine combination of theology and history, and an accessible style make this book into one of the leading handbooks on our way to 2017 and beyond.

Herman Selderhuis, professor of church history and church polity, Theological University Apledoorn, Netherlands

Whitford opens this overture to Reformation theology with a wise essay on how neophytes might take their first steps in the discipline. In what follows, eighteen seasoned pros weigh in with substantial contributions on the classical loci, salient themes, and neuralgic issues. A fine starting point for graduate students and seminarians.

Denis R. Janz, provost distinguished professor of the history of Christianity, Loyola University, New Orleans

David Whitford is professor of the history of Christianity at United Theological Seminary in Ohio. He is the author of Luther: A Guide for the Perplexed, Tyranny and Resistance: The Lutheran Tradition and the Magdeburg Confession, 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.