American Protestant Theology: A Historical Sketch by Luigi Giussani

By Luigi Giussani

In American Protestant Theology, Luigi Giussani lines the background of the main significant theological expressions and the cultural importance of yankee Protestantism, from its origins in seventeenth-century Puritanism to the Fifties. Giussani clarifies and assesses parts of Protestantism akin to the democratic method of Church-State relatives, "The nice Awakening," Calvinism and Trinitarianism, and liberalism. His wealthy references and analytical descriptions reconstruct an outline of the advance of a faith that has nice value within the context of non secular lifestyles and American tradition. He additionally monitors complete recognize for the spiritual intensity from which Protestantism was once born and the place it could succeed in, and expresses nice admiration for its so much famous thinkers and religious leaders, together with Jonathan Edwards, Horace Bushnell, Walter Rauschenbusch, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Paul Tillich. additional testomony to Giussani's clear-minded and accomplished wisdom of Christianity, American Protestant Theology makes the paintings of a grasp theologian to be had in English for the 1st time.

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This type of theological thought, which derives its name from Jacobus Arminius (1560–1609), professor at the University of Leiden in Holland, arose in reaction to Calvinist rigidity regarding the relationship of grace to freedom. Salvation cannot be set by God through a choice that redeems some and condemns others without taking into account human freedom: “[God] cannot will to do … that which He cannot do of right. For His will is restricted by justice,” Arminius wrote. In an analogous way, divine grace is not irresistible even to the elect, but conditioned on human willingness and initiative: only those who “are ready for the conflict, and desire His (Christ’s) help,”1 are to be saved by merciful divine operation.

Now on to American Protestant Theology: A Historical Sketch. Archibald J. indb 32 2013-07-31 14:02:03 Preface to the First Edition American Protestant theology has not received much attention among Italian scholars. Only very recently do Niebuhr and Tillich appear to represent that appeal guaranteed by a profound and constructive originality, a contribution that addresses the anxiety about perceived problems: we currently see, for example, the favour that the themes of the “death of God” and “secularization” and their principal literary expressions enjoy.

3 In reality, as previously noted, this danger crept in through the same conditionality of the Covenant between God and man that the “federal” theologians of New England understood as a truly binding contract between two parties, as Sibbes defines the “Covenant of Grace”: “It has pleased the great God to enter into a treaty and covenant of agreement with us his poor creatures, the articles of which agreement are here comprised. indb 18 2013-07-31 14:02:04 New England Theology 19 he doggedly opposed in theory: “My Brethren, This is the Way.

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