1 Section for Systematic Theology, Faculty of Theology, Aarhus University, Aarhus University2 School of Culture and Society - Systematic Theology, subject, School of Culture and Society, Arts, Aarhus University3 School of Culture and Society - Systematic Theology, subject, School of Culture and Society, Arts, Aarhus University
Om retfærdiggørelse, helliggørelse og udvekslingen af "gaver" i Luthers "Tractatus de libertate christiana"Justification, sanctification, and the exchange of "gifts" in Luther's "Tractatus de libertate christiana"
The Paper applies the social anthropological description of the Gift Economy, as defines by Marcel Mauss, to the interpretation of Luther's "Tractatus de libertate christiana". Mauss' assertion that the "free gift" does not exist is confronted with the Lutheran claim that grace is a free gift. The interpretation of the treaty centers on two elements that are crucial to Luther' s thought, yet imply a reciprocal structure: the "happy exchange" and the "bridal image". Here Luther's understanding of justification and sanctification is based on an underlying structure of reciprocity and
Dansk Teologisk Tidsskrift, 1999, Vol 62, Issue 2, p. 129-147