Editor Else Marie Wiberg Pedersen introduces this excellent collection of articles by explaining that the aim of the volume “is to widen the scope of Luther’s and Lutheran theology by discussing Luther and Lutheran theology as perceived from the perspective of the subaltern, those who are never or rarely heard. The hope is to reach both those often ignored and those by whom they are ignored.” The book does just this. . . While there is, of course, an ethical imperative to listen to our neighbor for our neighbor’s sake, these essays make it clear that this listening will expand our own understanding and help us work towards common goods for more people and more of creation. . . . The eighteen essays in this book are all valuable, each putting forward a new center for the reader, putting forward a new group that might have previously been considered “other” or “subaltern." . . However the reader sees herself, she will find new insight, new neighbors, and new understanding by reading The Alternative Luther.
The Alternative Luther brings together scholars from around the globe who present Luther's theology and its applications to precarious people, especially the occupied, the poor, the abused, and the othered. The result is a book that offers Luther's work as revolutionary and healing to an audience that sees itself as precarious or allies itself with those who are subaltern. . . . Pedersen's edited volume has much to teach those outside of Lutheran circles about Luther and his subaltern theological perspective. . . the volume has much to say to Lutherans about the need to open the conversation to wider and wider circles of readers and interlocutors. I commend this book to Luther scholars, students of subaltern studies, and to those new to both areas.