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Living by Faith: Justification and Sanctification

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"Living by faith" is much more than a general Christian precept; it is the fundamental posture of believers in a world rife with suffering and injustice. In this penetrating reflection on the meaning of "justification," Oswald Bayer shows how this key religious term provides a comprehensive horizon for discussing every aspect of Christian theology, from creation to the end ...more
Paperback, 104 pages
Published August 29th 2003 by Eerdmans (first published June 30th 2003)
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David Bickel
Mar 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This explanation of the centrality of justification in Luther's theology makes timely contact with atheistic thought.

In addition, his explanation of what Lutherans call the "third use of the law" adds clarity to current discussions. Oswald Bayer not only affirms the teachings of Luther, but also the Formula of Concord on the third use of the law, i.e., that the law is to be preached to Christians and not only to unbelievers. Like the FC, Bayer does make it clear that the reason the law is to be
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Glenn Crouch
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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When I started this small book, I thought I had erred in choosing to read it. I found the first chapter (and most of the 2nd) to be very philosophical - and required quite a bit of concentration and re-reading to follow the Author. But I praise the Lord that I persisted as from Chapter 3 onward this small book took hold of Luther's arguments and made them come alive, as the Author addressed not only the areas of Justification and Sanctification, but also covers how this applies to Theodicy (ie t ...more
Matt
Feb 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Oswald Bayer���s book handles the idea of living by faith. In fact his whole book centers around this phrase, a phrase used by the Apostle Paul in Romans 1:17.

In the early part of his writings Bayer looks to the implications of the need for justification. As humans we are constantly in need of being justified. In fact we are so easily swayed by the opinion of others that mankind will go to great lengths to acquire approval in order to be recognized (i.e. justified). Bayer states that we constan
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Matthew Richard
Feb 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Oswald Bayer’s book handles the idea of living by faith. In fact his whole book centers around this phrase, a phrase used by the Apostle Paul in Romans 1:17.

In the early part of his writings Bayer looks to the implications of the need for justification. As humans we are constantly in need of being justified. In fact we are so easily swayed by the opinion of others that mankind will go to great lengths to acquire approval in order to be recognized (i.e. justified). Bayer states that we constantl
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Mu-tien Chiou
Placing the notion of justification at the center of divine-human relation results in a particular ideal of Christian maturity, similar to Karl Barth with the respect to the focus on "hearing the Word" existentially (understood as a word-event/speech act), but diverging from postliberals on the notion and individuality vis-a-vis community.

It seems to me that the postliberal emphasis on the ecclesia community of character that shapes individual virtue, is in Bayer's thought replaced by a sanctif
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Travis Doig
Brilliant exposition

Loved it! Bayer makes Lutheran theology engaging and interesting in this excellent volume. It is definitely a bit wordy, but it is clear in its purpose and unpacks many key insights into a Lutheran understanding of these concepts. I will definitely read this again and gladly recommend it to anyone who wishes to understand Lutheran theology and Luther himself in a clearer setting.
Christopher Chelpka
May 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book offers a rich exposition of the doctrine of justification from a Lutheran perspective. Given its small size (89 pages), its breadth and depth, theologically and philosophically, is remarkable.
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one of the most important books I've read.
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If I were ever to become a Lutheran, it would be because of theology like this. A wonderful treatment of justification. I particularly liked his treatment of suffering and evil, and the lament with which Christians respond when confronted by a reality that makes us question God's promise.
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