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On Good Works - Theological Commonplaces


by Johann Gerhards

Item #: 531222kin / 2019 / ebook / 424 Pages

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In this commonplace On Good Works, Johann Gerhard explores the proper place of good works in the life of a Christian, emphasizing that good works do not make a Christian righteous and saved, but they show that the person has become righteous and saved. Gerhard’s most significant interaction is with the Roman Catholic combination of God’s grace and human merit as contributing to salvation. His primary Catholic opponent, Robert Bellarmine, as well as the Council of Trent, sought to emphasize grace while still defending the idea that eternal life is given as wages owed to human good works. Although good works are necessary for many reasons (with respect to God, our neighbor, and ourselves), they are not necessary for salvation. Only Christ’s merit imputed to believers saves. Christians can and do perform good works, though these are imperfect and do not merit salvation. Gerhard also engages the Calvinist view that once a person is saved nothing can cause salvation to be lost. He clearly articulates the Lutheran understanding that neglect of good works and willfull sin will cast out faith and cause loss of salvation.

About This Series
The Theological Commonplaces series is the first-ever English translation of Johann Gerhard's monumental Loci Theologici. Gerhard was the premier Lutheran theologian of the early seventeenth century. Combining his profound understanding of evangelical Lutheran theology with a broad interest in ethics and culture, he produced significant works on biblical, doctrinal, pastoral, and devotional theology. Gerhard interacts with the writings of the church fathers, Luther and his contemporaries, and the Catholic and Calvinist theologians of his day. His 17-volume Loci is regarded as the standard compendium of Lutheran orthodoxy, with topics ranging from the proper understanding and interpretation of Scripture to eschatology.
Useful for research on Lutheran doctrine, Gerhard's accessible style makes this a must-have on the bookshelf of pastors and professional church workers.
Each embossed hardback volume includes
• the translation of Gerhard's Loci (originally published from 1610 to 1625) 
• a glossary of key theological, rhetorical, and philosophical terms 
• a name index 
• a Scripture index 
• a carefully researched works cited list that presents guidance for deciphering the numerous abbreviations of the other titles from which Gerhard quotes.
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