Gift and Promise: The Augsburg Confession and the Heart of Christian Theology

Gift and Promise: The Augsburg Confession and the Heart of Christian Theology


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Gift and Promise shows how the theology of the Augsburg Confession is a gift for the world today. In the first three chapters, Edward Schroeder traces the "hub" of the Augsburg Confessionthe promise of justification by faith aloneto its source in Luther's theology of the cross. The subsequent nine chapters demonstrate how that central hub is articulated in the various articles of faith that comprise the Augsburg Confession. Each of the nine chapters is written by a distinguished theologian, historian, or scholar who was a student of Schroeder. In his foreword, Matthew Becker points to the significance of Schroeder's insights for theological study today as well as for the observance of 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation. In the course of these pages, the Trinity, sin, ethics, mission, and other topics are thus illumined as arenas in which the gospel promise is a gift for ministry and life today.

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ISBN-13: 9781506410685
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 08/01/2016
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Foreword xi

Introduction to the Writers xvii

Acknowledgments xix

Martin Luther and the Augsburg Confession xxi

Abbreviations xxiii

1 Preach One Thing: The Wisdom of the Cross Edward H. Schroeder 1

2 Necessitating Christ: The Clue to Handling the Scriptures Edward H. Schroeder 17

3 Why the Cross Is at the Center Edward H. Schroeder 37

Articulating the Hub 59

4 The Trinity as Gospel Arthur (Chris) Repp 61

5 Sin Kathryn A. Kleinhans 71

6 Church, Ministry, and the Main Thing Marcus Felde 85

7 The Promise of Baptism for the Church Today Steven E. Albertin 97

8 Christology at the Table Marcus C. Lohrmann 111

9 On the Other Hand: God's Care for the Creation and Its Dilemmas Marie A. Fallinger 125

10 The Ethics of Augsburg: Ethos under Law, Ethos under Grace, Objective Ethos Michael Hoy 143

11 A Lutheran Confessional Exploration of Gospel Praxis Steven C. Kuhl 155

12 Mission Jukka Kääriäinen 175

Afterword 197

Index of Names and Subjects 201

Index of Scripture 205

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