Luther’s Augustinian Theology of the Cross
The Augustinianism of Martin Luther’s Heidelberg Disputation and the Origins of Modern Philosophy of Religion
Imprint: Resource Publications
"Recent work on the reformation has emphasized the extent to which the legacy of medieval Catholicism was positively, if critically, received within the emerging protestant churches. Marco Barone's important study argues that Luther drew upon Augustine's work on soteriology to construct a critique of philosophical systems that emphasized epistemological and ethical autonomy. Barone extends this critique in fresh readings of Kant and Leibniz. Barone's conclusions may be provocative, but they deserve careful consideration by scholars across disciplines with interests in the relationship between early modern theology and philosophy."
--Crawford Gribben, Queen's University, Belfast, author of John Owen and English Puritanism: Experiences of Defeat
"Marco Barone in this book provides us with a fascinating study of Luther's anti-Pelagian (i.e., Augustinian) convictions. Then he tests his thesis by looking at and comparing and contrasting Luther's perspective with certain prevalent philosophical views. This is work of a high caliber and tremendously fruitful for faithful confessional orthodox constructive theology."
--Jeffrey C. Waddington, Knox Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
"Barone's book is a superb and convincing treatment of a grand subject: the faithfulness of Martin Luther to the theology of Augustine in proclaiming a radical gospel of grace, founded on what Luther called 'the theology of the cross,' in contrast to the heretical 'theology of glory.'"
--David J. Engelsma, from the foreword