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on 24 May 2013
Buttery butter? This is an excellent book on Luther's theology of the cross. Even with a PhD in Church history, however, I struggled at times to grasp the theological complexities. Some of this was, in my opinion, unnecessarily obscure; some of it just didn't make sense. (The author and Luther are equally to blame for this.) Yet undoubtedly, a valuable study getting to the heart of Luther's transformation.
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on 23 January 2001
Taking Luther's theology of the cross as the reformer's chief and most distinctive contribution to Christian thought, Mc Grath traces the stages in Luther's thought from his theological background in the via moderna, to this new position which broke so radically with it. Part 1 of the book starts with Luther as a late medieval theologian and reviews the theological climate at Wittenburg. Part 2 deals with Luther's breakthrough of 1515 which led to a departure from scholasticism through a development of a "theology of the cross" in which every salvific moment of a person's life is attributed to God and to Christ and not to the sinner who is justified. McGrath shows a fine critical analysis, not only of Luther's mind and theology, but of the complex scholastic background into which Luther was born and to which he addressed himself. McGrath has a clear grasp of the intellectual climate of the late medeival period.
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