Mark Mattes Published

December 10, 2018

Mark Mattes’ book “Martin Luther’s Theology of Beauty:  A Reappraisal” was recently reviewed by the Swedish journal, Journal of Johannelund School of Theology.

This groundbreaking book is the first extensive study on Luther's theological aesthetics. Contrary to the common misconception that Luther rejected beauty as a theological essential, Mark Mattes shows that the concept of beauty is actually a crucial theme for Luther's paradoxical understanding of justification by grace alone through faith alone. Christ "without form or comeliness" is God's gift of mercy to troubled sinners, so Christ is beautiful in God's estimation.