CHARIS: A Journal of Lutheran Scholarship

Winter 2003-04, Volume 3, Number 2

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Cover Credits: It is the intention of CHARIS to feature the work of contemporary Christian artists. This issue features the work of Anthony Falbo, a prolific painter from Florida who works in two distinctively different styles. His "Cubestractions," feature cubistic representations in bright colors and permit greater expression than his "Light and Dark" drawings and paintings. Inquiries about his work can be directed to Mr. Anthony Falbo, 1480 SE 160th Ct., Ocklawaha, Florida, 32179. His email address is: His website is:

Front Cover - "Sins of the World"

Back Cover - "Sacrifice of the Lamb"

Anschauungen (What is Marriage, Editorial Policy, The Lutheran Intellectual Tradition, The Personality of Dogmatics)
John E. Bauer

Gesetzlich Wesen Unter Uns: Our Own Arts and Practices as an Outgrowth of the Law (Second Part)
J. P. Koehler

The Wauwatosa Gospel
Mark Braun

The Original Debate
Jessica Laird

Economics, Strategy, Games, Signals, and Doctrinal Dilution
Dr. Brian Jacobsen


Movie Review

Reviewed by Peter Fraser

Book Reviews

The Transformation of American Religion by Alan Wolfe
Reviewed by John E. Bauer

Boiling Point by George Barna
Reviewed by John E. Bauer

Doubts About Darwin: A History of Intelligent Design by Thomas Woodward
Reviewed by Paul Boehlke

Announcement (.pdf)

CHARIS, the Institute of Wisconsin Lutheran College, exists to provide a platform for the study and discussion of issues facing the Christian Church. It seeks to provide forums where scholars from the College, the Church, and the academic community can investigate issues of current concern to the Church and the world. It also exists to disseminate the products of such research and investigation to the College's larger communities. Through all these activities, CHARIS will generally seek to provide a means by which the College can contribute in distinctively Lutheran Christian academic ways to the evangelical mission of the Church.

CHARIS: A Journal of Lutheran Scholarship. 2003. All rights reserved. CHARIS is published twice each year by the CHARIS Institute of Wisconsin Lutheran College, 8800 West Bluemound Road, Milwaukee, WI 53226. Republication of 200 or fewer words may be made without written permission of the publisher provided proper credit is given and two copies of the publication in which such material appears are forwarded to CHARIS. All issues are free of charge and are funded through advertisements, grants, and gifts. Direct all correspondence to Dr. John E. Bauer, Executive Director of CHARIS, at the above address. Telephone 414-443-8816, or 414-443-8730. FAX: 414-443-8514. Email: Articles in CHARIS do not necessarily reflect the views of the Institute, Wisconsin Lutheran College, or the editorial advisory board. Those wishing to submit manuscripts for consideration may do so by sending a disk with the document in either Word or Word Perfect. All manuscripts should be typed, double-spaced, and submitted directly to the editor. The editor is responsible for selection and acceptance of articles, but the responsibility for opinions and accuracy of facts in articles rests solely with the individual author. The editor is not responsible for unsolicited manuscripts. Unaccepted manuscripts will be returned if accompanied by a stamped return envelope. Further information about CHARIS, the Institute of Wisconsin Lutheran College, can be found on our web site at