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The Centrality of the Communicatio Idiomatum For Lutheran Theological Identity

Trozzo, Eric (2018) The Centrality of the Communicatio Idiomatum For Lutheran Theological Identity. Lutheran Theological Journal, 52 (2). pp. 94-102. ISSN 0024-7553

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Abstract

I am becoming more and more convinced in recent years that Lutheran churches would benefit from giving more attention to Martin Luther's interpretation of the 'communicatio idiomatum', or communication of attributes. In my own experience of seminary, this was not a topic that received a great deal of attention. Likewise, many books on Luther's theology give it only a few references. When it is addressed, it is often through a discussion of the ubiquity of the presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Yet this is but one implication of a wider strand of Luther's thought. Indeed, Johann Anselm Steiger rightly calls it the 'wheel and motor of Luther's theology' (2000, 125). Further, I am coming to suspect that through it Luther can provide a powerful insight that has relevance for theological issues at least in the Southeast Asian context, and perhaps well beyond it. Thus I suggest that a robust appreciation of the 'communicatio idiomatum' and its implications should be a vital component of a contemporary global sense of Lutheran identity.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: Theology, Reformation, Jesus Christ, Lutheran Church
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: C - Church History
C - Systematic Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: ALC: Australian Lutheran College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2019 01:22
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2019 01:22
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3486

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