Thursday, February 11, 2010

Lutheran Study Bible- a reading suggestion on the topic of American hermeneutics

A reader of Lutheran Colportage submits this: "A couple of suggestions about American hermeneutics: Mark A Noll, America's God from Edwards to Lincoln, chapter 18," The 'Bible Alone' and a Reformed, Literal Hermeneutic." Slow going for me but learned and insightful about Lutherans and Catholics as well as Calvinists. No accident that this chapter leads to the next one on slavery. Relevant also is Chapter 19, "Lutherans: Reason, Revival, and Confession," in E Brooks Holifield, Theology in America: Christian Thought from the Age of the Puritans to the Civil War. Neither are Lutherans so they have no oxen to gore. On the other hand, both know more about Lutheran theology and hermeneutic than any pastor I've encountered."

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