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Lex Charitatis: A Juristic Disquisition on Law in the Theology of Martin Luther (Johannes Heckel Gottfried G. Krodel (trans)) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2010) 9780802864451
Lex Charitatis: A Juristic Disquisition on Law in the Theology of Martin Luther (Johannes Heckel Gottfried G. Krodel (trans)) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2010) 9780802864451
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Title: Lex Charitatis: A Juristic Disquisition on Law in the Theology of Martin Luther

Author: Heckel, Johannes Gottfried G. Krodel (trans)

Publisher: Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co; Publication Date: 2010

Paperback; ISBN: 9780802864451

Volumes: 1; Pages: 680

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This substantial work by one of Europe's most respected twentieth-century legal minds unpacks Luther's doctrine of law, showing how it derived from his central theological concern, justification by faith.Contents Preface by Martin Heckel xi From Martin Meckel's Preface of the Second German Edition of hex charitatis, 1973 xiv Introduction xvi Abbreviations xxiii Which Concept ‘Law’ Did Martin Luther Affirm? 1 Part 1 The Present Interpretation of Luther's Idea of Law in the Context of Its Theological Origin and of the Main Stages of Its Development 1. The Problem 5 §1 The Present Situation in Research 5 §2 The New Formulation of the Problem 12 2. The Theological Origin of Luther's Doctrine of Law and the Development of Luther's Doctrine of Law 16 §1 The Sovereignty of the Divine Law 16 §2 The Development of Luther's Doctrine of Law 19 Part 2 The Basic Features of Luther's Doctrine of Law Section 1 The Basis of Luther's Doctrine of Law: The Doctrine of the Two Kingdoms 3. The Origin of Luther's Doctrine of the Two Kingdoms 25 4. The Kingdom of the World 27 5. The Kingdom of Christ 30 6. The Kingdom of God at the Right and at the Left of God 33 Section 2 Luther's Doctrine of Law 7. The Connection of the Doctrine of the Kingdoms with the Doctrine of Law 39 8. The Divine Law in the Status of the Incorrupt Nature 43 §1 The Divine Natural Law 43 §2 The Divine Positive Law 51 §3 Summary 52 9. Human Law in the Status of the Corrupt Nature during the Age of Unwritten Law 54 §1 The Substantive Secular Natural Law 54 §2 The Institutional Secular Natural Law 70 10. Written Law 81 11. The Law of Christ 84 Part 3 The Existence of the Christian in the Legal Structures of This World 12. The Christian as a Member of the Church in the World 97 13. The Christian in the Estate of Marriage 102 14. The Christian in the Politia 105 §1 The Spiritual Basis of the Christian's Freedom in the Politia 105 §2 The Christian as a Legal Associate in the Politia 106 §3 The Christian as a Subject in the Politia 107 §4 The Doctrine of the Tyrant 110 §5 The Christian in the Office of Governmental Authority 114 §6 Luther's Doctrine of the ‘Christian Body’ Especially in To the Christian Nobility of the German Nation 118 §7 Retrospect 127 What Happened to Luther's Doctrine of Law? 129 Appendixes I Luther's Doctrine of the Right of Resistance to the Emperor 133 II The Cura Religionis of the Evangelical Prince 140 III In the Maze of Luther's Doctrine of the Two Kingdoms 145 IV Church and Ecclesiastical Law in the Frame of the Doctrine of the Two Kingdoms 176 V The Unfolding of the Doctrine of the Two Kingdoms as a Doctrine of Kingdoms and Governances 204 VI Announcement of Initia Iuris Ecclesiastici Protestantium 216 VII Announcement of Lex Charitatis and of “Widerstand gegen die Obrigkeit?” 223 Notes 233 Titles of Cited Luther Texts 506 Short Titles and Place of Full Citation 512 Index of Bible Passage 527 Index of Subjects'When Johannes Heckel's Lex Charitatis appeared more than half a century ago, it brought new clarity to the much-disputed issue of Luther's understanding of the law and of God's governance of his created order. The Wittenberg reformer's use of the language of 'two kingdoms' and 'two governances' is still fiercely debated; having Heckel's work in English will assist scholars and students alike in putting Luther's insights to use in the context of twenty-first-century problems.'- Robert Kolb, Concordia Seminary
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