Since the Reformation in the sixteenth century, Lutheran traditions have impacted culture and politics in many societies. At the same time, Lutheran belief has had an effect on personal faith, morality, and ethics. Modern society, however, is quite different from that at the time of the Reformation. How should we evaluate Lutheran tradition in today's Western multicultural and post-Christian society? Is it possible to develop a Lutheran theological position that can be regarded as reasonable in a society that evidences a considerable weakening of the role of Christianity? What are the challenges raised by cultural diversity for a Lutheran theology and ethics? Is it possible to develop a Lutheran identity in a multicultural society, and is there any fruitful Lutheran contribution to the coexistence of diff erent religious and non-religious traditions in the future?
Carl-Henric Grenholm is Senior Professor of Ethics in the Department of Theology, Uppsala University, Sweden. Goeran Gunner is Associate Professor in Mission Studies, Uppsala University, and Researcher at Church of Sweden Research Unit.
Contributors Abbreviations 1 Introduction: Remembering the Past-Living the Future -Carl-Henric Grenholm and Goeran Gunner PART ONE: Justification, Atonement, and Reconciliation 2 Promise and Trust: Lutheran Identity in a Multicultural Society -Christoph Schwoebel 3 The Experience of Justification -Christine Helmer 4 Atonement in Theology and a Post-Einsteinian Notion of Time -Antje Jackelen 5 Healing as an Image for the Atonement: A Lutheran Consideration -Cheryl M. Peterson PART TWO: Lutheran Theology and Ethics in a Post-Christian Society 6 Law and Gospel in Lutheran Ethics -Carl-Henric Grenholm 7 Outside Paradise: Renegotiating Original Sin in Contemporary Lutheran Theology -Eva-Lotta Granten 8 Lutheran Spiritual Theology in a Post-Christian Society -Karin Johannesson 9 Lutheran Theology and Dialogical Engagement in Post-Christian Society -James M. Childs, Jr. 10 Physicality as a New Model for Lutheran Ethics in a Multicultural Global Community -Richard J. Perry, Jr. PART THREE: Reformation as a Model for Interpretation of the Present 11 Incarnate vs. Discarnate Protestantism: Martin Luther and the Disembodiment of Faith -Niels Henrik Gregersen 12 Contra Philosophos: The Lutheran Reformation as Critique of the Rationality of Modernity -Knut Alfsvag 13 Priesthood of all Believers as Public Opinion: An Unexplored Link between the Lutheran Reformation and the Enlightenment? -Urban Claesson 14 Luther's Interpretation of the Magnificat and Latin American Liberation Theology -Elina Vuola 15