Theology Of The Heart: The Role Of Mysticism In The Theology Of Martin Luther
Publish Date: 2003-03-01
Author: Bengt R. Hoffman
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Bengt Hoffman elevates Christian spirituality and spiritual formation as proper subjects for serious theological study. This book reveals Luthers mystical experience of God in a prayerful life to be essential in the development of his theology. It shows how the spiritual life is essential to Luthers understanding of the gospel. Balanced by his emphasis on the external Word Luthers experience of the divine was a critical influence on his understanding of faith and salvation.
This book is an important contribution to the recovery of the churchs rich spiritual tradition. In the present era this work demonstrates that theology is not a matter of intellect only, but also of the whole persons experience. Dr. Hoffman has given us a truer understanding of Luther and the theology of the heart in Judeo-Christian scripture.
THEOLOGY OF THE HEART is the revised and expanded version of Bengt Hoffman's out-of-print classic LUTHER AND THE MYSTICS.