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Two Kinds of Love: Martin Luther's Religious World

Two Kinds of Love: Martin Luther's Religious World

Published in Finland in 1983, Two Kinds of Love is the second of Tuomo Mannermaa's provocative books offering a distinctly different interpretation of Martin Luther's theology. The other, Christ Present in Faith, was published by Fortress Press in 2005.

In Two Kinds of Love, Mannermaa unfolds Luther's understanding of love as the key to the reformer's theology of grace. Human love orients toward that "which is lovable to it"-- toward that which is already "good and beautiful"-- and, as such, comes into being only through "the prestige and glory of the loved one." In contrast, God's love, which "does not find but creates the lovable in its object," is a pure gift of grace, which makes possible our love for God and for one another.

Mannermaa spearheaded the Finnish Luther Research project for more than twenty years, and more than any other is responsible for the unique perspective on Luther contributed to Luther scholarship by the Finnish School. Two Kinds of Love concludes with an afterword, reviewing Finnish Luther Research since 1977.
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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • ISBN 9780800697075
  • Age/Grade Range Adult
  • Format Paperback
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 144
  • Publication Date June 2, 2010


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"Tuomo Mannermaa was, and continues to be, the prime mover and inspiration for the Finnish school of Luther interpretation. In this book he lays out a fresh and spirited restatement of his position: tired clichés about "faith alone" should be set aside; the real key to Luther's theology is love. This is a worthy capstone to a distinguished career, and Kirsi Stjerna deserves our gratitude for making it accessible to English readers."
—Denis R. Janz
Provost Distinguished Professor of the History of Christianity
Loyola University, New Orleans