Lutheran Social Ethics

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What is Lutheran social ethics? In order to answer this question, the chapter takes its point of departure in a classical – or maybe the classical – account, namely German theologian Ernst Troeltsch’s Die Soziallehren der christlichen Kirchen und Gruppen first published in 1912. Troeltsch’s perception of the Lutheran social ethics of his time is briefly presented. Next, a picture of Luther’s own social and political thinking which differs from Troeltsch’s is given, and finally the possibility of formulating a Lutheran social ethics for our time is discussed.

Translated title of the contributionLuthersk socialetik
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEthical Economy
EditorsNiels Kærgaard
Number of pages11
Place of publicationCham
Publication date2023
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-08461-4
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-08462-1
Publication statusPublished - 2023
SeriesEthical Economy - Studies in Economic Ethics and Philosophy


  • Ernst Troeltsch
  • Luther
  • Lutheran social ethics
  • Social and political thinking


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