The Ritschlian Captivity of the Church

It's been my contention throughout my various writings that contemporary Lutheran theology is in a crisis. The theologies which are being touted as that of Martin Luther, and have been at least for the last hundred years, are basically unrecognizable in relation to that of the Lutheran scholastics. A read of Gerhard Forde next to Johann Gerhard will point the reader to two divergent systems of thought and piety which might cause one to wonder how these two figures can both claim to be … [Read more...]

My critique of Gerhard Forde has been published

My book length critique of Gerhard Forde's understanding of the law is now available. Here is the description:Martin Luther's theological revolution depended in a significant part upon the distinction between law and gospel. Within the last hundred years, several authors have reevaluated the reformer's understanding of this paradigm in light of its development within the Lutheran orthodox tradition. Some authors have argued that the Lutheran scholastic view of God's law departs from that of … [Read more...]

Todd Wilken on Radical Lutheranism

Rev. Todd Wilken of Issues Etc. fame recently gave a lecture at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Ft. Wayne, IN on the subject of Radical Lutheranism. In this talk, he points out some of the problems with the movement, such as the tendency to overreact to Evangelicalism and to limit discussion of particular commands down to the sin of self-justification.Watch the video here. … [Read more...]

Gerhard Forde on the Atonement

On today's program, I devoted the hour to a discussion of the doctrine of atonement within the theology of Gerhard Forde. I looked at a variety of passages in his books Where God Meets Man and The Law-Gospel Debate.Here is the program … [Read more...]

Why Every Christian Should be Tempted by “Radical Lutheranism”

Post by Nathan Rinne(Or at least some aspects of “Radical Lutheranism”)There is evidence that even Martin Luther was concerned about appearing too strict. No believer in Christ ever wants to be – or to be labeled – a legalist or Pharisee. They do not want to be seen as persons who live by and from law. They want to be – and be known as – people of grace.This is especially true of Radical Lutherans.“Radical Lutheranism” was a term coined by the conservative ELCA Lutheran theologian … [Read more...]

John Brug’s Critique of Gerhard Forde’s Doctrine of Sanctification

This essay was presented at the North Atlantic District Conference of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod in 1993. Brug presents a Lutheran doctrine of sanctification in contradistinction to the various views expressed in Christian Spirituality: Five Views of Sanctification. He demonstrates that Forde's teaching in this book, which he calls the "Liberal Lutheran" position on sanctification, is at odds with Scripture and historic Lutheran teaching. The essay is worth looking at.Read … [Read more...]