The Theology of Martin Luther

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The Theology of Martin Luther

Details

Number of Lessons: 24Avg. Lesson Length: 43 MinutesTime Required: 34 Hours MinimumLevel: Advanced

Description

“On this I take me 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 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.

Professor

ProfessorRobert A. Kolb, PhD
  • Concordia University, Honorary doctorate degree (2005)
  • Valparaiso University, Honorary doctorate degree (2001)
  • University of Wisconsin, MA and PhD
  • Concordia Seminary, MDiv and STM
  • Concordia Senior College, BA

Objectives

  1. Understand the historical background of Luther’s thought in his own career and in the intellectual context of late medieval theology.
  2. Understand the chief points in Luther’s theology on the critical topics discussed in his era and relevant to twentieth century Christian thought.
  3. Understand and identify Luther’s law/gospel hermeneutic at work within the entire structure of his exposition of the biblical message.
  4. Interpret Luther’s sixteenth century concerns within their own historical setting and in their significance for later periods of church history, including the turn of the twenty-first century.
  5. Appreciate Luther’s combination of faithfulness to the biblical text and his deep concern for the comfort of Christian consciences and the proper exercise of the Christian faith by all believers.