Charges of forgery, heresy, legalism, and immorality turn on the question of whether Martin Luther taught a third use of the Law for the Christian life. For the past sixty years, well-meaning scholars believed they settled the question—with dire consequences.
Friends of the Law sets forth a completely new body of evidence that shows how little Luther’s teaching was understood. This new book looks at the doctrine of the Law and invites a new consensus that could change the way Christians view the Reformation and even their daily walk with God.
“For more than a century, each generation of scholars has produced a definitive study that redefines our understanding of Luther’s signature teaching on the ‘uses of the law’. Edward Engelbrecht’s impressive new title is the definitive study for our generation. It reflects a masterful command of all of Luther’s writings on point, and of the place of Luther’s teachings on all three uses of the law in the classical and Christian tradition. Crisply written, meticulously documented, and conveniently presented in short chapters, with useful tables and appendices, this is now the go-to book for scholars, students, and pastors alike.”
John Witte, Jr., Emory University
Author of Law and Protestantism: The Legal Teachings of the Lutheran Reformation
I’m writing simply to thank you and commend you for your excellent book, ‘Friends of the Law’. I finished reading it this afternoon. It clarified many things for me. I’m looking forward to recommending it to my first-semester class in The Lutheran Confessions, due to get underway at Australian Lutheran College.
Gregory Lockwood, ThD
Emeritus Professor of New Testament Studies
Australian Lutheran College
Engelbrecht forces the reader to face the fact that . . . a modernist confessional theology . . . dismisses the law as oppressive.
Walter Sundberg, Ph.D.
Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN
A corrective to often unbalanced understandings of Law and Gospel.
Jeffrey K. Mann, Ph.D.
Friends of the Law will be of interest to Luther scholars, parish pastors, and parishioners.
Daniel E. Lee, Ph.D.
Engelbrecht . . . shows that Luther maintained a third use of the law.
Prof. Mark Mattes, Ph.D.
Grand View University
An important contribution . . . An eminent ecumenical study.
Franz Posset, Ph.D.
Author of The Real Luther
Demonstrates convincingly that Luther taught the so-called third use of the law.
Prof. John Brug, Ph.D.
Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary