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The role of justification in contemporary theology

Author: Mark C Mattes
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., ©2004.
Series: Lutheran quarterly books.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this significant book Mark C. Mattes critically evaluates the role of justification in the theologies of five leading Protestant thinkers, Eberhard Jüngel, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Jürgen Moltmann, Robert W. Jenson, and Oswald Bayer, pointing out their respective strengths and weaknesses and showing how each matches up with Luther's own views. Offering both an excellent review of recent trends in Christian theology  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Comparative studies
Named Person: Oswald Bayer; Oswald Bayer
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark C Mattes
ISBN: 0802828566 9780802828569
OCLC Number: 56198871
Description: xvii, 198 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: The question of the doctrine of justification's role in theology --
Eberhard Jüngel : justification in the theology of the speech event --
Wolfhart Pannenberg : justification in the theology of the metaphysical one --
Jürgen Moltmann : justification in the theology of liberation --
Robert Jenson : justification in the theology of the perfected church --
Oswald Bayer : justification and the theology of the speech act --
Justification as the discrimen of theology.
Series Title: Lutheran quarterly books.
Responsibility: Mark C. Mattes.

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In this significant book Mark C. Mattes critically evaluates the role of justification in the theologies of five leading Protestant thinkers, Eberhard Jüngel, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Jürgen Moltmann, Robert W. Jenson, and Oswald Bayer, pointing out their respective strengths and weaknesses and showing how each matches up with Luther's own views. Offering both an excellent review of recent trends in Christian theology and a powerful analysis of these trends, Mattes points readers to the various ways in which the doctrine of justification has been applied today. Despite the greatness of their thought, Jüngel, Pannenberg, and Moltmann each accommodate the doctrine of justification to goals aligned with secular modernity. Both Jenson and Bayer, on the other hand, construe the doctrine of justification in a nonaccommodating way, thus challenging the secularity of the modern academy. In the end, Mattes argues that Bayer's position is to be preferred as closest to Luther's own, and he shows why it offers the greatest potential for confronting current attempts at self-justification before God.

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