O 103 003 Lutheran Theology and Identity

This course provides an introduction to the basic teachings of Lutheranism, which, in turn, give Lutheranism its distinctive identity within the Christian family. Beginning with Martin Luther’s “Copernican” revolution of theology, we will explore his “Theology of the Word,” the doctrine of justification, and what it means to be a theologian of the cross. We will also briefly explore the primary document that has defined Lutheranism since the 16th Century, the Augsburg Confession. In the last part of the course, we will look at how these ideas have shaped Lutheran Identity in their relationships with their ecumenical partners.