Hans Schwarz zum 75. Geburtstag- Hans Schwarz on the Occasion of his 75 th Birthday
Edited By Matthias Heesch, Thomas Kothmann and Craig L. Nessan
The 39 contributions to this special issue develop the theme Theology in Engagement with Church and Politics from a variety of perspectives. Alongside the exploration of historical aspects, both contemporary political questions and ethical dilemmas are examined. Further contributions are devoted to the reflection upon practical theology, Christian congregational praxis, and contextual studies, which demonstrate the political and cultural relevance of this theme beyond Europe. The international circle of authors is constituted largely of colleagues and students of Professor Hans Schwarz, systematic theologian from Regensburg, Germany. In conjunction with the 2014 University of Regensburg Summer School, the authors dedicate this volume to the lifetime achievement of Hans Schwarz on the occasion of his 75
Luther on Marriage – Considerations in Light of Contemporary Concerns
Luther’s arguments on marriage and sexual relations were radical in his time and continue to bear relevance in contemporary discussions. The estate of marriage is for him holy and pleasing to God. Appreciating the sexual nature of men and women, procreation and children are a special gift from God.
Martin Luther knew all about marriage.2 He wrote, “The estate of marriage and everything that goes with it in the way of conduct, works, and suffering is pleasing to God.”3 Luther wrote about marriage with significant force already before he was married himself (e.g., he preached on marriage in 1519). With his observations in his pastoral role and in friendships, and his first-hand reading of the human stories in the Bible, he became the leading voice for Protestant theology on marriage, even if reluctantly.4 “How I dread preaching on the estate of marriage!,” wrote Luther in his 1522 treatise, The Estate of Marriage. “I am reluctant to do it because I am afraid if I once get really involved in the subject it will make a lot of work for me and for others.” The urgency of reforms in the face of human suffering, however, compelled him: “But timidity is of no help in an emergency, I must proceed. I must try to instruct poor bewildered consciences, and take up the matter boldly.”5
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