Worthing, Mark

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    Martin Luther. A Wild Boar in the Lord’s Vineyard
    2017 Worthing, Mark
    Martin Luther: A Wild Boar in the Lord's Vineyard tells the story of one of the most eventful and extraordinary lives of the late medieval period. On 31 October 1517 an obscure German monk named Martin Luther posted 95 theses protesting the selling of indulgences. This single act brought him into inevitable conflict with both pope and emperor. The dispute that followed changed not only Luther's life, but also the religious and political face of Europe. This book offers the modern reader a concise and accessible account of Luther's remarkable life. It explores his passionate and fiery character, introduces us to a colourful cast of friends and enemies, and explains the complex politics of church and empire. Whether you agree or disagree with Luther, you will be left with little doubt that his life and thought have shaped the world in which we live - and in more ways than you may have thought. Worthing's Martin Luther is a well-paced introduction to Luther that makes his impact 500 years later understandable.
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    Iscariot (Novel)
    2018 Worthing, Mark
    This is a novel (historical fiction) which treats the life of Judas Iscariot and deal with a number of theological and pastoral issues.
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    German inter-monastic politics and the Reformation of the sixteenth century
    (Lutheran Theological Journal; 48 (2) ) 2014-08 Worthing, Mark
    This article explores the complexities of the relationship between the Dominican and Augustinian orders in Central Europe during the time of the Protestant Reformtion. It is argued the the competition between the orders played a significant role in the dispute over indulgences developing into a major schism within the Western church. Early Dominican opponents of Luther are examined as are early Augustinian supporters, including a catalogue of defections from the Augustinian order to join the Reformation. Pope Leo X's reported quip that the dispute in Germany was a monastic squabble is seen to have perhaps more truth to it than is often assumed.
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    The Winter Fae. A Fantasy Novella (Novel)
    2018 Worthing, Mark
    This is a novella that deals pastorally with issues of ageing, dementia and death via the fantasy genre.
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    God and science: in classroom and pulpit (revised and expanded edition )
    2018 Buxton, Graham ; Worthing, Mark ; Mulherin, Christopher
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    The atonement in the light of human and divine suffering
    (Lutheran Theological Journal; 48 (3) ) 2014-12 Worthing, Mark
    In theologies of the atonement the starting point is often the problem of human sin. While not discounting the importance of the role of sin this article explores the significance of so divine and human suffering for the atonement, with special focus on the biblical texts about God's experience of pain and the role of Christ's suffering on the cross in overcoming suffering through suffering.
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    Positive Psychology in the school - What does Lutheran theology have to say?
    2013 Traeger, Stuart ; Worthing, Mark
    With the positive psychology movement gaining momentum in Australia this paper will provide a theological framework for Lutheran schools to practically approach positive psychology in a way that enables them to remain authentically Lutheran. Mark and Stuart will provide a brief historical summary of the positive psychology movement and some examples of where and how it is currently being implemented in Australian Lutheran schools. Through the lens of Lutheran theological perspectives (e.g. theology of baptism, theology of the cross, Law and Gospel, simul justus et peccator) they will highlight those aspects of positive psychology which can be embraced, as well as the additional supplements Lutheran theology can bring to positive wellbeing in our schools. A must for those schools implementing or considering the implementation of positive psychology.