Rev. Dr. Charles Arand

“From Nothing…Everything:
Luther’s Theology of 
Creation and Re-Creation”
“God’s love does not find, but creates that which is pleasing (diligibile) to it.”* These words dramatically and climatically summarize summarize Martin Luther’s theology of the cross as he laid it out in his famous Heidelberg Theses (1518). This statement answers the question such as, “what does the cross and resurrection mean for us in the twenty-first century?” Put another way, “what does Christ’s cross and tomb tell us about God?” And just as importantly, “what does Christ’s cross and tomb tell us about ourselves”? To put it bluntly: God is the unbounded creator whose  way of doing things is always to create something new from nothing.  As we are his creatures we belong to God and we belong to his creation. We were made from this earth for life on this earth.  In other words, Luther’s theology of redemption is at its core—a recovery of the theology of creation.  

*The Annotated Luther, v. 1: Roots of Reform, ed. Timothy Wengert (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015), 85. 

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Arand CharlesREV. DR. CHARLES P. ARAND is the Eugene E. and Nell S. Fincke Graduate Professor of Theology at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO where he has served since 1989. He also currently serves as the Dean of Theological Research and Publications as well as the Director of the Center for the Care of Creation. He has published several books and over fifty articles on topics related to the Lutheran Confessions and the theology of creation (in which he argues for a more robust theology of the first article of the creed, namely, creation).

With regard to the latter, Dr. Arand served as the primary drafter for the document, Together with All Creatures: Caring for God’s Living Earth (CPH), prepared by the Commission on Theology and Church Relations of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. Since then, he has written numerous articles on the Christian care of creation, given public lectures at several Concordia Universities, made presentations to numerous pastors conferences, and conducted many congregational workshops. He also serves on the Faith Advisory Council of the Humane Society of the United States. The Center for the Care of Creation at Concordia Seminary has produced a multi-media Bible study and other free resources for Christian congregations. (togetherwithallcreatures.com).