Bonhoeffer (Review Article)

By Matthew Becker DIETRICH BONHOEFFER: THEOLOGIAN, CHRISTIAN, MAN FOR HIS TIMES.  A BIOGRAPHY.  By Eberhard Bethge.  Revised edition.  Revised and edited by Victoria Barnett.  Translated by Eric Mosbacher, Peter and Betty Ross, Frank Clarke, and William Glen-Doepel under the original editorship of Edwin Robertson.  Foreword by Clifford Green.  Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2000.  1048 pages.  Paper….
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Becker’s Self-Giving God (Review Article)

By Karl Wyneken What will be the result if a gifted and erudite German Lutheran theologian on one of the more conservative mid-19th century German Lutheran faculties embraces notions such as the following? Consider— His desire, as he puts it himself, is “to teach old truths in a new way.” The overwhelming focus of his theology…
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Martin Marty’s Martin Luther (Review Article)

By Stephen Krueger Martin Marty sets out on an enormous enterprise in his new biography of Martin Luther as anyone who has seen the recent “Luther” movie can attest. How does one do a satisfactory biography of Luther within the space allotted? The movie, “Luther,” was roundly criticized, among other things, for its patchy coverage…
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Discovering Biblical Equality (Review Article)

By William Hassold Not only in the LCMS but also among so-called evangelicals (whose theology like that of the LCMS is based upon a high view of Scripture) is there an on-going discussion about the role of women in the home, church and society. Large numbers of evangelicals maintain that the Bible teaches that leadership…
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Schleiermacher’s Christmas Eve (Review Article)

By Matthew Becker For those who were classically trained in the Missouri Synod (or almost classically trained; I graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, in 1988) and who stayed awake during Dogmatics 101, 102, and 103, where the main textbook was either Franz Pieper’s Christian dogmatics or J. T. Mueller’s compendium, there was no one…
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Graham-Dixon’s Caravaggio (Review Article)

By Matthew Becker This past year marked the 400th anniversary of the death of one of the greatest painters of all time, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610), not to be confused with the person whom Caravaggio sought to surpass in artistic greatness, namely, the more well-known Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564). While I had learned of Caravaggio…
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