The Theology of the Cross is one of the core elements of Martin Luther's theology. The development of this doctrine through the Heidelberg Disputation has been considered an essential element of Luther's breakthrough on justification, and crucial to his theological reforms and future split with the Roman Catholic Church.
These statements by Luther, originally penned to be defended in debate, are counter-intuitive, contrary, offensive, and thrilling paradoxes, starting with the first and most astounding of them all: "The Law of God, the most salutary doctrine of life cannot advance humans on their way to righteousness, but rather hinders them." We hope the collection of interpretations that follow the theses in this book will help you to understand their impact.
"The translation highlights this exciting method of what Luther called 'paradoxes' or contrast statements distinguishing law and gospel, glory and cross, and all that makes Luther's theology still bristle with excitement and trepidation today." - Steven Paulson
"One of the most radical and exciting confessional statements ever made, finally packaged with the reader in mind! The new translation sings, and the commentaries resonate with insight and heart. My go-to version from here on out." - David Zahl