Theo-Web. Academic Journal of Religious Education 16 (2017), V.1, 64-76

Recognition by grace. Luther’s theology of justification in the context of a theology and pedagogy of recognition

After a brief outline of the problems that Martin Luther’s theology of justification pose for (especially young) people today, the article draws on three areas of discourse in order to gain new access to the core of justification belief. 1) Impulses from child theology; psychological and empirical educational research recommends focusing on the anthropological phenomenon of shame rather than or as a complement to guilt (as has been traditional in justification theology). 2) Recent theological research on St. Paul highlights the often overlooked significance of the tension between shame-honor and shame-recognition. 3) Recent philosophical discourse has elaborated the fundamental value of recognizing human identity and social coherence. The threads of these perspectives are, in the conclusion of the article, brought together to a theology and pedagogy of recognition.

justification, shame, recognition, theology of recognition, pedagogy of recognition

Theo-Web. Academic Journal of Religious Education 16 (2017), V.1