Category Archives: New studies

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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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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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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Recent contributions

Risto Saarinen has recently published a chapter on  justification in Oxford Handbook of Martin Luther’s theology: ‘Justification by Faith: The View of the Mannermaa School’, in: The Oxford Handbook of Martin Luther’s Theology, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 254-263. Finnish … Continue reading

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Additions in Saarinen’s bibliography

Risto Saarinen has gathered new items of Finnish Luther research and comments on it. The list supplements his larger bibliography with articles and monographs published after 2008. See Saarinen’s blog site for the list: https://blogs.helsinki.fi/ristosaarinen/luther-studies-in-finland/

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Koivisto on the inevitability of evil in Luther

On 18 May Jussi Koivisto defended his doctoral thesis “Is Evil Inevitable for Creation and Human Life? Studies on Martin Luther´s Biblical Interpretation” in the University of Helsinki. The dissertation examines Luther’s idea of evil in select cases of his … Continue reading

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Hailer on the Finnish Luther-interpretation

Last volume on Lutherjahrbuch (vol. 77, 2010) contains an article by Martin Hailer entitled: “Rechtfertigung als Vergottung? Eine Auseinandersetzung mit der finnischen Luther-Deutung und ihrer systematisch-theologischen Adaptation”. The author discusses the Finnish position critically mostly on the basis of some … Continue reading

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Anttila on Luther’s theology of music

Miikka Anttila has successfully defended a doctoral thesis entitled “The innocent pleasure. A study on Luther’s theology of music”. Professor Bo Holm from the University of Aarhus acted as the external examinator in the defense. In his dissertation, Anttila focused … Continue reading

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