Eric Andrae

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)


Systematic Theology

First Advisor

Ronald Feuerhahn

Scripture References in this Resource

1 Corinthians 1:2, 24; 1 Corinthians 1:26-31; 2 Peter 1:10; Acts 16:25-34; Acts 2:37; Acts 26:14; Acts 7:51; Ephesians 5:14; Hebrews 3:7-19; Isaiah 55:1; Isaiah 55:10-11; John 1:48; John 3:16-21; Luke 14:17; Luke 22:31-34; Luke 24:47; Mark 1:14-15; Mark 16:15-16; Matt. 28:18-20; Matthew 13:58; Matthew 17:5; Matthew 22:1-14; Matthew 23:37; Philippians 1:6; Romans 8:28-30


Though acknowledged as one of the most influential European churchman of the past century, and widely lauded in American Lutheran circles as the author of the acclaimed The Hammer of God, much remains to be learned in the U.S. of Bishop Emeritus Dr. Bo Harald Giertz (Gothenburg [Goteborg] diocese, Church of Sweden, served 1949-1970) and of his theology, especially concerning the specific doctrine which served as the foundation of the novel, the Order of Grace. Furthermore, interest in Giertz in America is increasing rapidly: several translation projects are underway, a film based on the first chapter of The Hammer of God is being widely distributed and viewed, and an international symposium on the bishop's life and doctrine is planned. As such, and with the centenary of his birth soon upon us (b. 31 August1905), it is an appropriate time to examine more closely his confession of the Order of Grace, or the ordo salutis: for he maintains it is the purpose of The Hammer of God to depict and illustrate the Order of Grace, and that it is indeed the backbone of his entire homiletical and pastoral care and of the renewal of the church. As the Order of Grace has commonly been associated with pietism, this thesis will also address Giertz's approach to the latter.

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