Ecumenical and Confessional Writings
The Ecumenical Dogmatics of Edmund Schlink (1903-1984) represents the culmination of five decades of scholarly work by one of the most important Christian theologians of the twentieth century. The ecumenical significance of this book is evident from its accompanying prefaces that were written by two non-Lutheran theologians, one a Roman Catholic and the other an Eastern Orthodox, who each affirmed that the work's essential contents are consistent with the faith taught by their respective churches. An additional preface by Wolfhart Pannenberg and an afterword by Michael Plathow, both of which were written for the third edition, underscore the book's abiding relevance for the ongoing task of seeking the visible unity of the Christian church.
This second volume provides the first-ever English translation of Schlink's dogmatics!
Although many writings of Edmund Schlink (1903-1984) have been available in English for several decades, the publication of the new German edition offered a significant impetus for providing a fresh and more accurate translation of them.Matthew L. Becker and his co-translators have consistently translated key terms that occur in all five volumes. Also, they corrected infelicitous and misleading renderings of Schlink's language into English, which more or less happened in all the earlier editions.In this second volume Becker provides the first-ever English translation of Schlink's dogmatics. Representing the culmination of five decades of scholarly work by one of the most important theologians and ecumenists of the twentieth century, Schlink's opus magnum sets forth the "basic features" of Christian doctrine that all Christian churches hold in common. Schlink's Ecumenical Dogmatics thus offers a consistent witness to the living, triune God, who calls sinners to repentance and faith, who acts mightily to save them, and who sends them back into the world to share God's gospel and love in word and deed.