By Paul R. Hinlicky
Martin Luther and Pope Leo X wide awake within the afterlife. it's 2017, they usually were asleep because the posting of the Ninety-Five Theses in 1517, the imagined execution of Luther, and the dying of Leo in an odd twist of fate. To their mutual chagrin not just does each one realize the opposite face-to-face in “heaven,” yet they study that by means of divine decree they're roomed jointly indefinitely. The pope’s first response to the inside track is this is his purgatory for the sins of the Medicis. Luther despairs that he's in hell: “It used to be works after all,” he surmises.
Discussing the most important concerns that divided Catholics and Protestants and birthed a Reformation 500 years in the past, Hinlicky creates an imaginary reconciliation in heaven among Martin Luther and Pope Leo X, who paintings throughout the controversies that divided them of their old come across. They even get a bit aid from John Wesley. during this e-book, Luther and Leo turn into the artistic tools of a renewed dedication to Protestant-Catholic ecumenical reconciliation (as signaled via the Joint announcement at the Doctrine of Justification via the Lutheran global Federation and the Catholic Church in 1999).
"What an mind's eye! Paul Hinlicky is going to the guts of the tragic fantastic thing about the Lutheran circulation. And alongside the best way he invitations us to reimagine the way in which the gospel is looking us to religion and desire instantly. What a rare book!"
—Richard Graham, Bishop, Metropolitan Washington, DC Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in the US
“A interesting proposal scan into how Martin Luther and Pope Leo should be compelled to confront their modifications, air their grievances, and inch towards reconciliation. Hinlicky units up the purgatory scenes with illuminating old backdrops that aid us higher comprehend each one man’s motivations for his phrases and activities. As we relish extra totally their perspectives and their flaws, discovering house for shared convictions turns into possible.” —Deanna A. Thompson, Professor of faith, Hamline college, Saint Paul, MN; writer, The digital physique of Christ in a ache international (Abingdon Press)
“Hinlicky’s innovative development of discussion among Luther and Leo X certain jointly in purgatory is right away completely enticing, theologically clarifying, and often a laugh. The booklet can be of significant curiosity to people who stay scandalized via the divisions in Christ’s physique, specifically because it indicates how you can reinvigorate the ecumenical conversation.”
—Fritz Oehlschlaeger, Emeritus Professor of English, Virginia Tech collage, Blacksburg, VA
“Imaging a talk among Martin Luther and Pope Leo in purgatory, Paul Hinlicky weaves jointly background and theology to inform the tale of the growth made in ecumenical family members considering the fact that Vatican II. Playful but profound, the publication brims with theological insight!” - Lois Malcolm, Professor of Systematic Theology, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN