George Henry Gerberding's The Lutheran Pastor is now available in a new edition. This new printing has brand new typesetting and cover art. Some typographical errors have also been fixed throughout the text.
If you are interested in submitting a book proposal to Just and Sinner, send it to Proposals@JustandSinner.org
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Important things to note with regard to our publications:
Please note that if these guidelines are not followed, and we do not receive all the information requested, your manuscript will be rejected.
In a process of streamlining both our website and our communication, we have recently made some significant updates to the site.
First, we have combined the publishing and main websites for Just and Sinner, so that all of our books can be found right here on JustandSinner.org. At the time of writing this, most of our books are now up on this site, but you may find that a few works have not yet been brought over to our books page. So, if you are looking for something that is not there, this doesn't mean the work is out of print. It will up continually updated over the next week or so.
Second, Just and Sinner has retired the old JustandSinner@yahoo.com email address. We now have separate email addresses you can contact depending on the nature of the inquiry.
Questions can be sent to Questions@JustandSinner.org
Speaking or interview requests with our fellows can be sent to Requests@JustandSinner.org
Book manuscript submissions may be sent to Submissions@JustandSinner.org
You can contact Jordan Cooper directly at JordanBCooper@JustandSinner.org, but note that due to the large number of emails he receives, you may not receive a response.
Our new edition of Charles Porterfield Krauth's The Conservative Reformation and Its Theology is now available! The description is as follows:
Nineteenth century America was a time of self-definition for Lutherans. Competing visions of Lutheranism in the new world led to questions about the role of the Lutheran Confessions, the nature of the sacraments, and the order of worship. Pastor Samuel S. Schmucker argued for a uniquely American Lutheranism which departed from the historical Lutheran church in numerous ways. In response to this, Charles Krauth wrote this work, The Conservative Reformation, as a plea to return to a historically and theologically robust Lutheranism.
Krauth's book is a masterpiece of both historical and theological writing. In this work, Krauth provides a history of the Reformation and of the writing of the Lutheran Confessions. He then outlines the unique doctrines of Lutheranism and answers criticisms of Reformed theologians, Roman Catholics, and others. Krauth provides a vision of Lutheranism which is conservative, relying on the great truths of the past, without being strictly tied to a rote traditionalism.
Pick up your copy along with our other books at JSPublishing.org
Martin Luther, and the Reformation in general, famously insisted that human beings are saved by the work of Christ “by grace alone (sola gratia), by faith alone (sola fide).” The insistence on sola gratia was already an old one, especially in the Western Church, having been championed by St. Augustine against the Pelagians, and so on that point the Reformers simply had to point the wayward Semi-Pelagian teachers of their own day back to that great Doctor of the Church. Of course that was a lot harder than it sounds, but sola fide was a harder sell, because although Scripture teaches “that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law” (Rom. 3:28), and the Fathers followed suit, Scripture also teaches that God “will render to each one according to his works” (Rom. 2:6), and the Fathers said that too. How to combine both teachings in such a way that the first statement (the Gospel) cannot be undermined and taken away by the second, is one of the hardest and most important problems in Theology, and the most characteristic and important contribution of the Reformation—particularly in its pure Lutheran form. But this can make it seem as if it was a new idea in the 16th century, contrary not only to the teachings of the Late Medieval Church, but also the Ancient Fathers. This is an accusation that the Reformers were quite keen to disprove. They were convinced, and worked to convince friend and foe, that their teachings had Patristic roots as well as Scriptural ones. If you are similarly convinced, or want to be, or even if you want to evaluate the claim from an antagonistic position, this seminar is for you.
The Weidner Institute has just released our latest publication Union with Christ: Salvation as Participation by Jordan Cooper which is part of the A Contemporary Protestant Scholastic Theology series.
Marcus Johnson says of this book:
"This book is excellent. By emphasizing the importance of union with Christ in the Lutheran tradition, Jordan Cooper is recovering a gospel reality without which the Reformation is nearly impossible to understand. Though sometimes neglected in contemporary Protestant theology and worship, the believer’s union with Christ was one of Luther’s own deepest theological commitments. I hope that a great many people read this book and, by way of its deep historical and theological learnedness, come to appreciate the inestimable significance—both for the Reformational tradition and for the contemporary church—of life in Christ Jesus.”
You can pick up your copy here.
With the COVID 19 Pandemic, the question of online celebrations of the Sacrament of the Altar have arisen. In particular, a document has begun to circulate titled "In Defense of Christian Assemblies Gathering on the Internet for the Purpose of Receiving the Sacrament of the Altar," which makes an argument for the validity of the practice. This paper is a response to each of the thesis presented in that article. The primary author of this document is Jordan Cooper, but significant input, argumentation, and editing was contributed by Lewis Polzin, Matthew Fenn, Lisa Cooper, and Eric Phillips.
Find the document here:
The Weidner Institute is now accepting submissions for two upcoming volumes in our Theological Essays series. The third and fourth volumes, to be released in the latter half of 2021, are on the following subjects: Predestination and Providence, and The Essence and Attributes of God. Proposals should be around 500 words in length, and must include an overview of the purpose and general argument of your proposed article. They should be sent to Contact@justandsinner.org, and will be reviewed by the series editors for consideration. Along with your proposal, please also include a sample of your writing, along with information about your titles/positions, and names of some of the sources you anticipate using in your essay.
A PhD, or a research Masters degree, is preferred for those submitting articles, but these are not required. The authors of the submitted essays are also not required to be Lutheran by confession, but the content of your article must be consistent with the Lutheran commitments of Just and Sinner. If you are not Lutheran, we would prefer that you would at least use some Lutheran sources in the content of your paper.
More information about these specific volumes:
Predestination and Providence
This book covers the doctrine of election as outlined in the Formula of Concord, which steers a middle path between strict double-predestinarianism and synergism. The following subjects are already covered:
- A history of the intuitu fidei controversy in American Lutheranism
- The development of Semi-Augustinianism in response to the Semipelagian controversy
-Adolf Hoenecke and Francis Pieper on Divine Providence
As each volume contains eight essays, we have five spots which remain available.
Some areas we are interested in on this topic:
-Comparative studies of the Lutheran doctrine of election and other approaches arising from the Reformation and Counter-Reformation
-Exegetical arguments in defense of universal grace
-Comparison between the Lutheran confession and medieval approaches (Aquinas, Lombard, etc.)
-Practical discussions of predestination and its application in pastoral ministry
-Critiques of contemporary formulations of election which differ from the confessional approach
The Essence and Attributes of God
This book will cover the tenets of Classical Christian Theism. We are especially interested in these four topics which have been highly debated throughout recent controversies: simplicity, immutability, impassibility, and atemporality. We desire engagement with, and responses to, influential thinkers who have rejected these classical distinctives (Barth, Jenson, Pannenberg, Moltmann, etc.).
We would like to address some of the following areas:
-Classical Theism in Patristic thought
-Medieval conceptions of Classical Theism and their adoption by heirs of the Reformation
-The Lutheran Confessions on the divine attributes
-Exegetical defenses of simplicity, impassibility, immutability, and atemporality
-Lutheran scholastic formations of the divine essence and attributes
-A response to Barth and the twentieth-century shift into actualist ontologies
-The reception of Platonic and/or Aristotelian philosophies in the formation of Christian Theistic language
-A discussion of univocity and analogical predication
We are open to other areas in the field as well.
Essays focusing on Trinitarian theology in particular will be published in a future volume.
The Doctrine of Justification: Its Reformation Formulation and Present Challenges
This course explores the classical Reformation formulation of justification in both its sixteenth-century and contemporary contexts. There is an emphasis on some recent theological movements which have challenged the traditional understanding of the doctrine, such as: the New Perspective on Paul, Gerhard Forde’s Radical Lutheranism, The Finnish approach to Luther interpretation, twentieth-century ecumenical dialogues, and Radical Orthodoxy. Throughout, the explanation offered on the doctrine by the heirs of the Reformation is defended as consistent both with Paul’s thought and with the early church.
Instructor: Dr. Jordan Cooper
Dates: June 8-12
Time: 8:00pm-10:00pm EST (Note: if you cannot make it live, we will send you a video of the course the following day)
To register for the course, purchase and include your email address. When the time is closer, you will receive an email with a link and password for the Zoom room.
Spots are limited, so register soon!
Download the syllabus for the course here: