Lowell C. Green


Luther's struggles in the monastery were characterized by his preoccupation with a theology of glory (God Hidden; God in glory and majesty; Christ the King; human attempts to reach God; works righteousness). His evangelical breakthrough led him to a theology of the Cross (God revealed in Christ; the humility of Christ in the Child of Bethlehem and Man of Calvary). His liturgical forms, and those of later Lutherans, reflected this. Recently, a theology of glory has returned (majestic attributes of God; triumphalism; 'celebration theology' and reenactment of saving acts rather than proclamation and hearing). The distinction of law and gospel provides the corrective.