Luther Vs Pope Leo


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Martin Luther and Pope Leo X awake in heaven. It is the year 2017 and they have been asleep since the posting of the 95 Thesis in 1517. Naturally, they are disoriented upon waking. To their mutual chagrin not only does each discover the other face to face in heaven, but they learn that by divine decree they are roomed together indefinitely. The Pope’s first reaction to the news is to gather that this is his purgatory for the sins of the Medicis. Luther despairs that he is in hell: “It was works after all,” he surmises. Discussing the key issues that divided Catholics and Protestants and birthed a Reformation 500 years ago, this book tells a story: the author’s imaginary reconciliation in heaven between Martin Luther and Pope Leo X who work through the issues that divided them in their historical encounter. Luther and Leo become the creative instruments of a renewed commitment to Protestant-Catholic ecumenical reconciliation (as signaled by the Joint Declaration on Justification by the Vatican and the Lutheran World Federation in 1999 and subsequently subscribed to by The United Methodist Church). Yet this fantasy -a genre chosen for its teaching potential and popular appeal-is a well-grounded one, with extensive annotation in the endnotes and explanation in the Afterword. The notes and Afterword solidly ground all the assertions put on the lips of Luther and Leo in the text with documentation/references and offer a compelling argument for the theology that imagines their heavenly reconciliation.

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SKU (ISBN): 9781501804205
ISBN10: 1501804200
Paul Hinlicky
Binding: Trade Paper
Published: May 2017
Publisher: Abingdon Press


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