On Being a Theologian of the Cross: Reflections on Luther's Heidelberg Disputation, 1518

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1997 - 121 pages
While there is increasing interest in the "theology of the cross," few people have specific knowledge of what makes it different from other kinds of theology. In On Being a Theologian of the Cross, Gerhard O. Forde provides an introduction to this theological perspective through an analysis of Luther's Heidelberg Disputation of 1518, the classic text of the theology of the cross. The book first clarifies the difference between a theology of glory and a theology of the cross and explains how each perspective shapes the very nature of being a theologian. The main body of the book provides commentary on the Heidelberg Disputation-the only complete analysis of this document currently available. Underlying Forde's exposition is the contention that one ought not to speak of the theology of the cross merely as another item among a host of theological options; instead, one must pursue what it means to be a theologian of the cross and to look at all things through suffering and the cross.

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Introductory Matters
The Glory Story and the Cross Story
Two Ways of Being a Theologian
The Heidelberg Disputation
The Problem of Will Theses 1318
The Great Divide The Way of Glory versus the Way of the Cross Theses 1924
Gods Work in Us The Righteousness of Faith Theses 2528
Index of Names and Subjects
Index of Scripture References

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About the author (1997)

(1927-2005) Gerhard O. Forde was professor emeritus of systematic theology at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota. His other books include On Being a Theologian of the Cross: Reflections on Luther's Heidelberg Disputation, 1518.

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