The Alternative Luther
Lutheran Theology from the Subaltern
EDITED BY ELSE MARIE WIBERG PEDERSEN – FOREWORD BY MUSIMBI KANYORO – CONTRIBUTIONS BY ELISABETH GERLE; ARNFRÍÐUR GUÐMUNDSDÓTTIR; KAYKO DRIEDGER HESSLEIN; ALLEN G. JORGENSON; PETER LODBERG; MARY ELISE LOWE; MONICA JYOTSNA MELANCHTHON; SINI MIKKOLA; ANDRÉ MUSSKOPF; SUREKHA NELAVALA; ELSE MARIE WIBERG PEDERSEN; TERRA SCHWERIN ROWE; KIRSI STJERNA; MARY J. STREUFERT; DEANNA A. THOMPSON; MARIT TRELSTAD; VÍTOR WESTHELLE AND TRYGVE WYLLER
Contributors to this book analyze areas of Martin Luther’s and Lutheran theology that have otherwise been neglected or underrepresented in the five hundred years since the Reformation. They constructively widen the scope of Luther and Lutheran theology by viewing both from the perspectives of the “subaltern,” those whose voices are barely or rarely heard. The book formulates an inclusive Lutheran theology that reaches out but does not close out.
The book’s sections address “Precarious Life,” from Luther’s own precarious existence as an outlaw under a death sentence to other precarious life situations seen from various Lutheran perspectives; “Body and Gender,” addressing different aspects of gender and sexuality from new angles; “Women and Sexual Abuse,” focusing on present-day problems of abuse in an encounter with Luther’s exegesis of biblical “texts of terror”; and “Economy, Equality, and Equity,” addressing Lutheran views on economy and equality that break new ground regarding common goods and the Anthropocene