Justification and moral value: Martin Luther on good, evil, and the moral self /

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Author / Creator:Hiller, Timothy M., author.
Ann Arbor : ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, 2016
Description:1 electronic resource (348 pages)
Format: E-Resource Dissertations
Local Note:School code: 0330
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/10773435
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Other authors / contributors:University of Chicago. degree granting institution.
Notes:Advisors: William Schweiker Committee members: Kevin Hector; Susan Schreiner.
Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 77-08(E), Section: A.
Summary:This dissertation argues that Martin Luther provides a framework for contemplating evil in its diverse manifestations, offers a profound account of faith in the goodness of God, and also affirms and rejoices in the multiplicity of values in creation. Luther's ability to hold these positions in tension depends on the dialectical interrelationship between three concepts: first, a new concept of faith grounded in the promise of God; second, a theological distinction between creation and justification in which creation maintains its own integrity against distinctively Christian claims about justification; third, a concept of sin and evil based on both the lived experience of evil and theological reflections on the depth of sin and the hiddenness of God. The interplay of these three concepts allows Luther to confront the horrors of evil while maintaining a profound faith in God's goodness, even beyond human comprehension. The dissertation traces how these positions develop and transform in Luther's mature thought.