First published in 1983, Principles of Lutheran Theology has guided students into theological reflection on the landmarks of Christian faith as understood in the Lutheran confessional heritage for a generation. The book sets forth the main principles of classical Lutheran theology but with an eschatological accent. Can, confession, ecumenicity, Christ-centeredness, sacrament, law/gospel, and two kingdoms are all examined t only in terms of their original meaning and historical development but also in light of current reflections. In this new edition, Braaten takes stock of the research and reflection of the last twenty-five years and also adds a chapter on the distinctive, Archimedean Lutheran insight into the hiddenness of God as a fount or ground of all theologizing. This new edition, cross-referenced to key readings in Luther's Works and The Book of Concord , will both equip and facilitate the search for a contemporary articulation of Christian identity in light of the church's historic commitments.
Carl E Braaten is one of the leading theologians in American Lutheranism. He taught Systematic Theology at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and was founding editor of the popular theological journal Dialog. He has written or edited many foundational works in Lutheran theology. For 13 years Braaten has been director of the Centre for Catholic and Evangelical Theology and editor of its journal, Pro Ecclesia.