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  • True Faith In The True God (Expanded)


    Most biographers of Luther are faced with a choice-focus on Luther’s life or focus on his thought. The choice, though real, is false. Luther’s thought was inextricably bound up with his life. In this short, engaging volume, Hans Schwarz succeeds in blending the two-creating a volume that introduces Luther’s thought in the context of his life story.

    The book meets the need for a clear and concise introduction to the life and teachings of the great church reformer, Martin Luther. After a brief overview of his life, the book devotes chapters to Luther’s thoughts on key areas of the Christian faith and life, including the knowledge of God, church and sacraments, the Scriptures, marriage and parenthood, and vocation.

    The author incorporates quotations from Luther’s own writings to show how Luther’s insights have relevance for all Christians today. With questions for reflection and discussion, the book can be used as a study resource for individuals, church groups, or college and seminary classes.

    For this revised edition, Schwarz has thoroughly reviewed the text and added important new sections on Luther and music, Luther and the economy, Luther and the Jews, and more.

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  • Christian Faith


    This reader-friendly primer offers a concise yet thorough overview of the Christian faith. Hans Schwarz, one of the major Lutheran theologians of the last half-century, covers the Christian faith from creation to the final fulfillment of life. He gives his account of the major points of Christian doctrine, always moving from the biblical text to the unfolding of the faith through the centuries to contemporary significance. This brief systematic theology will appeal to professors, students, pastors, and educated lay readers who want a quick but profound and biblically grounded overview of the Christian faith.

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  • Theology In A Global Context


    In an increasingly global world, context becomes more important than ever. As our national and international narratives intertwine, untangling them can become a difficult task, especially in the field of theology. In this book, Hans Schwarz leads us into the web of Christian theology’s recent past from Kant to Schleiermacher to Mbiti and Zizioulas, pointing out all the theologians of the last two hundred years who have had a major impact beyond their own context. With an eye to the blending of theology and biography, Schwarz skillfully draws the lines of connection between theologians, their history, and wider theological movements.

    Schwarz’s initial focus on European and American Protestant theology broadens to include the rich worlds of Catholic and Orthodox theology, also looking into liberation, feminist, African, East Asian, and Indian theology. Extensive primary source quotations from such varied and eminent theological figures as John Henry Newman, Karl Barth, Paul Tillich, Jacques Maritain, Gustavo Gutierrez, Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza, Desmond Tutu, and more enrich the experience by allowing them to speak in their own voices. All who are interested in doing theology will find Schwarz’s Theology in a Global Context invaluable in charting their relation to the past, thus enabling them to set a course for the global theological future.

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  • Evil : A Historical And Theological Perspective


    All human beings–indeed, all creatures–experience evil in various forms. How can the hurtful and harmful aspects of life be understood and faced? What differing perspectives on evil can be gained from
    – Behavioral science and psychology
    – Biblical faith and the history of Christian thought
    – Contemporary thinkers
    – Religious traditions of the East

    In a constructive conclusion, Schwarz assesses the pervasiveness of evil, human freedom in the face of evil, the personification of evil, and the hope for the end of evil. This book provides the basis of hope for a just and humane life. It is a book for our time.

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  • Eschatology


    Lutheran theologian Schwarz magnificently surveys the entire spectrum of Christian beliefs on the last days: the coming of the Messiah, the last judgment, and final human destiny. He interacts with leading modern theologians and meets the objections posed by science, philosophy, and New Age beliefs.

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  • Christology


    A unique blend of biblical scholarship, the history of doctrine, and current theological inquiry. Schwarz makes a compelling case for a full understanding of the person and work of Christ in thoughtful give-and-take with reductionisms ancient and modern. As the fruit of decades of teaching the subject on two continents, this work will prove to be a durable contribution to the field.

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  • What Christians Believe


    This classic text, a brief yet powerful exposition of the Apostles’ Creed, introduces in a fully ecumenical way the basic beliefs that have animated and informed the historical faith of Christians. Renowned theologian Hans Schwarz not only corrects common misunderstandings of core credal convictions. He also guides Christians into the exciting quest for understanding the faith they profess.

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