Theology Of The Cross: Luther's Heidelberg Disputation & Reflections on Its 28 Theses

Theology Of The Cross: Luther's Heidelberg Disputation & Reflections on Its 28 Theses

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The Theology of the Cross is one of the core elements of Martin Luther's theology. The development of this doctrine through the Heidelberg Disputation has been considered an essential element of Luther's breakthrough on justification, and crucial to his theological reforms and future split with the Roman Catholic Church.

These statements by Luther, originally penned to be defended in debate, are counter-intuitive, contrary, offensive, and thrilling paradoxes, starting with the first and most astounding of them all: "The Law of God, the most salutary doctrine of life cannot advance humans on their way to righteousness, but rather hinders them." We hope the collection of interpretations that follow the theses in this book will help you to understand their impact.

"The translation highlights this exciting method of what Luther called 'paradoxes' or contrast statements distinguishing law and gospel, glory and cross, and all that makes Luther's theology still bristle with excitement and trepidation today." - Steven Paulson

"One of the most radical and exciting confessional statements ever made, finally packaged with the reader in mind! The new translation sings, and the commentaries resonate with insight and heart. My go-to version from here on out." - David Zahl

About the Editors

Caleb Keith holds a BA in theology and classical languages from Concordia University Irvine and is currently pursuing an MA in systematic and philosophical theology from the University of Nottingham. He is husband to Erika Keith and father to their two children, Esther and Emerson. He is the producer of the Thinking Fellows podcast and the director of the 1517 podcast network. 

Kelsi Klembara is the online editor for 1517. She holds an MA in Reformation Theology from Concordia University Irvine. She lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband, Doug, and her two sons, Otto and Simeon.

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