The Promise of Martin Luther's Political Theology Hardback

Freeing Luther from the Modern Political Narrative

by Michael Laffin;


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The Promise of Martin Luther's Political Theology

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Michael Laffin demonstrates the promise of Martin Luther's thought for contemporary political theology by showing how Luther has been over-determined in standard genealogies of modernity which frequently deafen us to his unique contribution. Laffin argues that contemporary theologians have typically followed a narrative derived from the work of a previous generation of political historians and philosophers, which tend to screen out or distort the Reformers' contribution to political theory. Common to these narratives are charges against Luther for his perceived univocal and nominal ontology resulting in a privatized and spiritualized Christianity, thus falsely dividing the world into autonomous spheres. Additionally, the narratives claim that Luther follows in the wake of voluntarism, leading to an insistence on human passivity that leaves no room for pagan virtue. Thus, politics is reduced to an authoritarian imposition of order. In contrast to the dominant narratives of political modernity, Laffin re-examines these narratives by focusing on the political significance of areas in Luther's corpus often neglected in contemporary accounts of his political thought, especially his commentaries on Scripture and writings on the sacraments. Attention to these writings brings forth the crucial themes of the two ecclesiae and the three institutions. Constructively, these themes are deployed in critical engagement with contemporary political theology, particularly as represented in Radical Orthodoxy and the new-Augustinianism.

The Promise of Martin Luther's Political Theology by Michael Laffin was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in September 2016. The ISBN for The Promise of Martin Luther's Political Theology is 9780567669896.

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Page last updated 12th August 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (September 2016)
Weight523g
Number of Pages272
Thickness23 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
ISBN9780567669896
ISBN-100567669890
Product Code4450430
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