Claiming the Lutheran Tradition

Michael P. DeJonge

in Bonhoeffer's Theological Formation

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199639786
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738708 | DOI:
Claiming the Lutheran Tradition

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Bonhoeffer’s Lutheran person‐theology is not only an alternative to Barth. It is also an alternative to the interpretation of Lutheran theology offered by Bonhoeffer’s teacher Karl Holl, the leader of the Luther renaissance. Whereas Holl roots the Lutheran doctrine of justification by faith in the believer’s conscience, Bonhoeffer roots it in the present person of Christ. In this way, Bonhoeffer’s person‐theology negotiates the impasse, introduced in the introductory chapter, formed by Barth’s and Holl’s theology.

Keywords: Holl; Luther; conscience; sin; justification

Chapter.  5225 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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