Christoph Ernst Luthardt once said, “the truth which we need and seek is God—the living, personal God. This is the truth which is the foundation of the Christian view of the universe.” From this perspective, Luthardt grounds his lectures and essays of theology and science. In his apologetics, he speaks of a personal, knowable God, and of a singular true religion: “But, above all, Christianity is religion,” Luthardt writes. “The old world [religions] concluded with the question, What is Truth? The new era began with the saying of Christ, I am the Truth. And this saying is the confession of Christian faith.”
Luthardt stands tall among confessional Lutheran theologians of the Erlangen and Liepzig schools. Studied and cited by Bonhoeffer, Bavinck, and Torrey, Luthardt is an unforgettable theologian with a sharp wit and theological insights for any Christian.
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Christoph Ernst Luthardt (1823–1902) was a German Lutheran theologian from Bavaria. After studying theology at Erlangen and Berlin, he was appointed professor of systematic theology and New Testament exegesis at Leipzig. He was strictly orthodox in his interpretive style, widely recognized for his confrontational apologetic lectures and writings, which defended against the atheistic explanation of a material-only universe. He was a voluminous writer belonging to the Erlangen school of Lutheran theologians. He wrote Apologetic Lectures on the Fundamental Truths of Christianity, Apologetic Lectures on the Saving Truths of Christianity, Apologetic Lectures on the Moral Truths of Christianity, St. John the Author of the Fourth Gospel, History of Christian Ethics, and a number of books not translated into English, including the widely read and referenced Compendium der Dogmatik.