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Publications by Michael Root


Affirmations and Admonitions: Lutheran Decisions and Dialogue with Reformed, Episcopal, and Roman Catholic Churches (with Gabriel Fackre). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998.


Baptism and the Unity of the Church (with Risto Saarinen). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998.

Sharper Than a Two-Edged Sword: Preaching, Teaching, and Living the Bible (with James J. Buckley). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008.


Justification by Faith: Do the Sixteenth Century Condemnations Still Apply?, edited by Karl Lehmann, translated with William G. Rusch. New York: Continuum, 1997.

Communio Sanctorum: The Church as the Communion of Saints, by the Bilateral Working Group of the German National Bishops’ Conference and the Church Leadership of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Germany, translated with Mark W. Jeske and Daniel R. Smith. Collegeville: Liturgical 2004, Press.



“Symposium on Revelation and Theology, by Ronald Thiemann.” dialog 26 (1986): 63.

“Books about Nicolaj Grundtvig Worth Discussing,” Currents in Theology and Mission 13 (1986): 310-312.

“Alister McGrath on Cross and Justification: A Review Discussion.” The Thomist 54 (1990): 705-725.

”Is the Reformation Over? And What If It Is?: A Review of Is the Reformation Over? An Evangelical Assessment of Contemporary Roman Catholicism, by Mark Noll and Carolyn Nystrom. Pro Ecclesia 16 (2007): 334-344.

Recent Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Indulgences as Ecumenical Barometer: Penitence and Unity in the Christian Life", Bulletin of the Centro pro Unione (Rome) 39 (Spring 2011), 3-9.
  • "Vatican I and the Development of Doctrine: A Lutheran Perspective", How Can the Petrine Ministry Be a Service to the Unity of the Universal Church?, edited by James Puglisi, pp. 124-142 . Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2010.
  • "Ethics in Ecumenical Dialogues: A Survey and Analysis.” Journal of Ecumenical Studies 45 (2010), 357-375.
  • “Preaching Justification.” Proclaiming the Gospel: Preaching for the Life of the Church, edited by Brian K. Peterson, pp. 24-34. Fortress: Minneapolis, 2009.
  • “Communion and Difference.” Journal of Lutheran Ethics 9, no. 7 (July, 2009),
  • “Jesus and the Pope: Ecumenical Reflections on Benedict XVI’s Jesus of Nazareth”, Pro Ecclesia 17 (2008): 152-158.