Course Number: CH509
Mission Professor of Systematic Theology (emeritus) and Director of the Institute for Mission Studies at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri
“On this I take my stand. I can do no other. God help me.” Those words of Martin Luther reflect the unswerving commitment to Scripture that permeated his theology and sparked his Reformation. In this course, learners survey the background and setting of Luther’s thought, as well as his teaching on a range of topics that form Christian theology: his understanding of sin and grace, justification and faith, and law and gospel. The course also emphasizes Luther’s view of the workplace as an arena to serve God. The goal of the course is for students to appreciate Luther’s steadfast commitment to the cross of Christ and the authority of Scripture and to apply such commitment to their own lives and ministry.
Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:
- Know the chief points in Luther’s theology on critical topics discussed in his era.
- Understand the historical background of Luther’s thought in his own life and in the intellectual context of late medieval theology.
- Identify Luther’s law/gospel hermeneutic at work within the entire structure of his exposition of the biblical message.
- Appreciate Luther’s combination of faithfulness to the biblical text and his deep concern for the proper exercise of the Christian faith by all believers.