The Theology of the Lutheran Confessions

REL609
Fall 2016
T 1:30pm - 4:20pm
Area: 
Area II
Professor: 
Permission Not Required
No Limit to Enrollment
Course Description: 

Through lectures, assigned readings, and class discussion, this course examines the Book of Concord of 1580 and certain other documents that served as sources for the Book of Concord. The objectives of the course are twofold: to develop a knowledge and understanding of the Lutheran Confessions in their original context and to gain an appreciation of the contemporary importance and influence of these Confessions for Christianity in the twenty-first century. Given the nature of Lutheranism, what resources does it have in this century to proclaim the Christian faith and provide guidance for the Christian life?

Background Expected: 

Some basic knowledge of the history of the western church would be useful, although not required.

Course Requirements: 

Reading in the Book of Concord and its sources along with some secondary literature. A class report and a term paper are required.

Basis of Evaluation: 

Term paper 50%, class presentation 25%, and participation in class discussion 25%