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Luthers Theol of the Cross

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This book presents the most detailed examination in English to date of Luther's theological breakthrough, together with a wealth of information concerning the theological development of the young Luther in its late medieval context.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published April 5th 1990 by John Wiley & Sons (first published January 1985)
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Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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McGrath plunges into the formidable mass of Luther scholarship to reach his own conclusions regarding the nature and date of Luther’s theological breakthrough and the relation of that breakthrough to his distinctive theology: the theologia crucis. He concludes that the precise point on which Luther broke past the late medieval theological systems was in his discovery of the new meaning of iustitia Dei. McGrath takes upon himself two tasks in this re
Dec 29, 2013 rated it liked it
I honestly was a little underwhelmed with this work. I began the book hoping that the writer would construct a thoroughgoing theology of Luther in terms of the Gospel and the cross of Christ, but that hope never really came to maturity. This work is more of an evolution of Luther’s thought on various aspects of the Gospel at various points. Much detail is devoted to the discussion of when various breakthroughs occurred in Luther’s life and much less time is spent dealing with the details of thes ...more
Jesse Slimak
A very scholarly but readable account of the development of Luther's Theology of the Cross. The only drawback is that it seems to jump too suddenly from Luther's new understanding of the "righteousness of God" meaning God making sinners righteous to Luther's more developed theology of the cross as represented by the Heidelberg disputation. This wound not be as much of a problem if the author didn't stress that the development of Luther's theology of the cross was a continuous development and not ...more
Радостин Марчев
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Много добро изследване (ползвам редакцията от 2011 - обложката по-горе показва по-старо издание, което е ревизирано в някои аспекти)още повече, че темата е една от по-тесните специализации на МакГрат и той е в течение на цялата сериозна литература в областта. Единственият му недостатък е сухостта на изложението и (поне за мен) прекалената наситеност с латински цитати и изрази - нещо типично за автора. Човек трябва наистина да се интересува от темата, за да се захване с книга като тази. Но за тоз ...more
Troy Neujahr
Jun 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
A scholarly study of impressive depth yet of focused breadth. McGrath's research into the development of Luther's Theology of the Cross leads to some unexpected conclusions that challenge the popular notion of what Luther believed and when, but he leaves Luther's theology intact. We come away from this book with a more nuanced understanding of the path of Luther's development without sacrificing the awe and amazement of the final result.
Hank Pharis
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
McGrath meticulously works through the evidence as to when and how Luther "rediscovered" the Gospel. He reflects extensive research, interacts with diverse other similar studies and provides a model of excellent scholarship. One of my friends provides a good review here:
Oct 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a detailed study of how Luther's ideas about God's way of working in the world evolved between 1509 and 1519. McGrath's careful work produced fresh results from ground that has been gone over almost ad infinitum by generations of scholars working with a small amount of contemporary testimony.

There is a special emphasis here on the link between Luther's revolutionary concept of the justice of God and his theology of the cross. McGrath sees the former as an aspect of the latter rather than

Jean-Daniel Veer
Really interesting. I was honestly more looking for an exposition of the nature of the theologia crusis though I found a more historical approach ; what causes are responsible for the emergence of the theologia crusis. It somewhat helped to understand the nature of it. And, don't get me wrong, it does talk about the nature of the theologia crusis, but it's not a study on that.

If you're looking for a great exposition, check this book out: On Being a Theologian of the Cross: Reflections on Luther'
James Criswell
I can't rate this book, since I don't think I was its target audience. It is a scholarly work on Martin Luther, and spends much time in details I didn't really care about. Most of what I enjoyed was in the last couple of chapters. By and large, this book wasn't for me. But that doesn't mean it wouldn't be useful for someone interested in some of those scholarly arguments.
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Alister Edgar McGrath is a Northern Irish theologian, priest, intellectual historian, scientist, and Christian apologist. He currently holds the Andreas Idreos Professorship in Science and Religion in the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford, and is Professor of Divinity at Gresham College. He was previously Professor of Theology, Ministry, and Education at King's College L ...more
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