The Meaning of Protestant Theology

Luther, Augustine, and the Gospel That Gives Us Christ

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Phillip Cary
  • Ada, MI: 
    Baker Academic
    , June
     384 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


This book offers a creative and illuminating discussion of Protestant theology, helping readers rethink their own theology and its place in the larger story of Christian thought. Veteran teacher Phillip Cary, an internationally acclaimed expert on Augustine and Augustine's thought, explains how Luther's theology arose from the Christian tradition, particularly from the spirituality of Augustine. Luther departed from the Augustinian tradition and inaugurated distinctively Protestant theology when he identified the gospel that gives us Christ as its key concept. More than any other theologian, Luther succeeds in carrying out the Protestant intention of putting faith in the gospel of Christ alone. Cary also explores the consequences of Luther's teachings as they unfold in the history of Protestantism. This work will appeal to professors and students of theology, pastors, and laypeople.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Phillip Cary is scholar-in-residence at the Templeton Honors College and professor of philosophy at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania.


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