Justice and freedom: the continuing promise of the Reformation

Christoph Schwoebel

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Against the backdrop of the debates on the appropriate understanding of the Reformation in the context of the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation the attempt is made to elaborate the continuing promise of the Reformation with regard to the understanding of justice and freedom. The view of justice as a creative gift and the understanding of freedom as promise presuppose that the character of the Reformation can be understood as the reconfiguration of the traditional theological authorities. The understanding of reality as rooted in the creative justice of God who alone is free because God is his own future is applied in the Lutheran art of making distinctions which relate God’s creative being and action to the created being and action of humans. The continuing promise of the Reformation is the discovery of this unconditional promise and of the way it is witnessed in the Church. As the creature of God’s justifying word the life of the church has the character of an embodied promise.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)595-614
Number of pages19
JournalNeue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 24 Nov 2017


  • Reformation
  • Luther
  • Justice
  • Freedom
  • Church


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