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The Pastoral Luther as Guide for ‘Experience-Near’ Theology: Reflections from Sabah

Trozzo, Eric (2016) The Pastoral Luther as Guide for ‘Experience-Near’ Theology: Reflections from Sabah. Norsk Tidsskrift for Misjonsvitenskap (Norwegian Journal of Missiology),, 1 (70). pp. 22-38. ISSN 1504-6605

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While Lutheran theology is often framed as a set of core theological principles or commitments, Martin Luther’s theology functioned pastorally, engaging specific needs and situations he encountered, with the experience of faith being central. In the terminology of missiologist Robert J. Priest, Luther’s theology is “experience-near.” Thus in seeking to develop a sense of Lutheran identity with the Lutheran churches in the “new” context of Sabah, Malaysia, this essay argues that the pastoral dimension of Luther’s theology should be enlarged, using the process termed “transfiguration” by theologian Vitor Westhelle, rather than starting with theological first principles. This approach allows the theological questions and concerns that emerge from that context to be fore-grounded, rather beginning from an assumption that Luther’s own questions and concerns are universally relevant.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Pastoral, Luther, theology, Sabah
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: D - Missiology
D - Pastoral Studies
College/Association with University of Divinity: ALC: Australian Lutheran College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2019 01:47
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2019 01:47
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3489

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