Author Archives: Pekka Kärkkäinen

Vainio on Deification

Olli-Pekka Vainio continues the Finnish interest on Luther and deification. See his abstract above and the full article at In the most general terms, deification means participation in the divine nature, which starts the process where the believer is … Continue reading

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Ruokanen on The Bondage of the Will

Professor Emeritus of Dogmatics, Miikka Ruokanen has published the results of his studies on the Bondage of the Will in his monograph Trinitarian Grace in Martin Luther’s the Bondage of the Will. Ruokanen argues that despite extensive studies on this … Continue reading

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Sini Mikkola on Luther, Gender and Bodiliness

A new perspective on Luther’s antropology will be opened, as Sini Mikkola defends a doctoral thesis ‘In Our Body the Scripture Becomes Fulfilled’ : Gendered Bodiliness and the Making of the Gender System in Martin Luther’s Anthropology (1520–1530). The defense … Continue reading

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Updates in the bibliography

Risto Saarinen has updated his extensive bibliography on Finnish Luther studies. This may be the last update for reasons noted in the blog: I do not have plans to follow this documention beyond 2017. As Finnish Luther studies have meanwhile become mainline research, … Continue reading

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Finns in Wittenberg

A number of Finnish scholars are currently participating the 13th International Congress for Luther Research in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany. Today, (August 1st 2017) Dr. Kärkkäinen delivered one of the plenary lectures. Tomorrow several Finnish scholars give short papers on their … Continue reading

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MOOC on Luther

Among the many contributions to the Reformation Anniversary 2017 I would like to highlight the course “Luther and the West”, prepared by Professor Christine Helmer from the Northwestern University, USA. The course is formed as massive open online course (MOOC) … Continue reading

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Ilmari Karimies and his doctoral thesis

Ilmari Karimies will be defending his doctoral thesis “In your Light we see the Light – Martin Luther’s Understanding of Faith and Reality between 1513 and 1521” on 27th January 2017 at 12 o’clock at the University of Helsinki. The opponent … Continue reading

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Finnish scholars in Oxford Research Encyclopedia on Martin Luther

Several contributions from Finnish Luther scholars have been published in the online version of a new encyclopedia from the Oxford University Press. These include Martin Luther’s Concept of the Human Being by Ilmari Karimies, Martin Luther and Justification by Olli-Pekka Vainio, Martin Luther and Love by Antti … Continue reading

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Vainio and Karimies on Finnish Luther studies

Current issue of Pro Ecclesia offers two interestingly different contributions from the Finnish Luther scholarship. Dr. Olli-Pekka Vainio addresses several recent criticisms against the Finnish positions and offers many helpful clarifications. Mr. Ilmari Karimies, who will soon be defending his … Continue reading

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Luther on Perception and Theological Knowledge

Olli-Pekka Vainio’s contribution in the recent issue of Neue Zeitschrift plunges into Luther’s use of epistemological and psychological theories of his time: 10.1515/nzsth-2015-0005

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