Martin Luther's Theology

A Contemporary Interpretation

By Oswald Bayer; Thomas H. Trapp (Translator)
(William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Paperback, 9780802827999, 374pp.)

Publication Date: November 2008

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Forty years of in-depth research on Martin Luther's theology has left Oswald Bayer uniquely qualified to present this comprehensive study. He does so with clarity and care, simply enough for nontheologians to access.

This remarkable book offers the basics of Luther's understanding of theology, discussing his response to the "philosophy of science" tradition, the formula by which he studied theology, and the basic philosophy that informed him. Bayer then takes Luther's stance on Christian dogmatics and ethics and applies it to our own theological understanding in the modern age. With such a complete Lutheran dogmatic concept -- the first of its kind offered -- the stunning inner consistency of Luther's theology and its ease of application to contemporary studies become unmistakably clear.

"Martin Luther's Theology" is a valuable tool for students and teachers of theology and for those looking for a guide into the mind and heart of Luther -- a theologian for today.

About the Author
Oswald Bayer is professor emeritus of systematic theology at the University of T]bingen, Germany. The author of several books in German, he is also an ordained pastor of the Lutheran Church of W]rttemberg and president of the senate of the Luther Academy in Ratzeburg.

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