Life and Theology of Martin Luther
This course explores Luther’s life, theology, and the subsequent impact on society. The course is divided into three areas of study. The initial focus is a discussion of Luther in a historical context. The medieval antecedents and early 16th-century theology and social life provide a backdrop for Luther’s entrance onto the European religious and political stage. The second area is an examination of Luther’s dialectical theology. This course will explore his views on the sacraments, faith, government, women, vocation, and the role of government and just war. The final area for study includes an analysis of modern interpretations of Luther’s theology. A look at contemporary Luther studies includes an overview of current “hot” topics and possible applications of his theology in the area of social justice.