Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Lutheran Tradition in Transition / Carl-Henric Grenholm and Göran Gunner; PART ONE. Lutheran Identity in a Global World; 2: Planet Luther: Challenges and Promises for a Lutheran Global Identity / Vítor Westhelle; 3: Burning Issues / Göran Gunner; 4: Lutheran Perspectives on the Right to Health in a Global World / Ville Päivänsalo; 5: "There's an App for That!": A Post-Christian Lutheran Response / Michael R. Trice; PART TWO. Lutheran Tradition and Gender 6: For the Sake of the Future: Rekindling Lutheran Theology on Spirituality, Equality, and Inclusivity / Kirsi Stjerna; 7: Liberating Aspects in Lutheran Theology for a Post-Gender Politics / Else Marie Wiberg Pedersen; 8: Re-Embracing the Body of Jesus Christ: A Queer, Lutheran Theology of the Body of Christ / Mary Elise Lowe; 9: Idolatry-Critical Justification and the Foreclosed Gendered Life / Mary J. Streufert; PART THREE. Lutheran Theology and Politics; 10: Luther, Wittgenstein, and Political Theology / Tage Kurtén; 11: The "Communitarian" Critique of Luther's Ethics / Leif Svensson 12: Reconfiguring Church-State Relations: Toward a Rwandan Political Theology / Victor Thasiah13: Transforming Domination Then and Now / Karen L. Bloomquist; 14: Eros, Ethics, and Politics: Nuptial Imagery in Luther Read as a Challenge to Traditional Power Structures / Elisabeth Gerle. Lutheran tradition has in various ways influenced attitudes to work, the economy, the state, education, and health care. One reason that Lutheran theology has been interpreted in various ways is that it is always influenced by surrounding social and cultural contexts. In a society where the church has lost a great deal of its cultural impact and authority, and where there is a plurality of religious convictions, the question of Lutheran identity has never been more urgent. However, this question is also raised in the Global South where Lutheran churches need to find their identity in a relationship with several other religions. Here this relationship is developed from a minority perspective. Is it possible to develop a Lutheran political theology that gives adequate contributions to issues concerning social and economic justice? What is the role of women in church and society around the world? Is it possible to interpret Lutheran theology in such a way that it includes liberating perspectives? These are some of the questions and issues discussed in this book.