This course explores the classical Reformation formulation of justification in both its sixteenth-century and contemporary contexts. Beginning with formulation of the doctrine of justification by faith alone with the seventeenth-century theologian Johann Gerhard, this course confronts challenges to that classical view from New Testament scholars, Patristic studies, and Roman Catholic theologians. Finally, the Lutheran and Reformed doctrines of justification are compared and contrasted.
Length of Course: Five two-hour sessions
I. An Overview of the Classical Reformation Doctrine
II. The New Perspective on Paul and Works of the Law
III. Historical Challenges to Sola Fide
IV. Challenges to Forensic Justification
V. Divergences Between the Lutheran and Reformed Traditions on Justification
About the Instructor:
Jordan Cooper is an ordained Lutheran pastor in the American Association of Lutheran Churches, a Professor of Systematic Theology, the Executive Director of Just and Sinner, and the President of the American Lutheran Theological Seminary. He has also held positions in multiple Christian organizations on campus at Cornell University. Cooper has authored several books, including his ongoing A Contemporary Protestant Scholastic Theology series, as well as theological articles in a variety of publications, including: Credo, Modern Reformation, Logia, Conspectus, Sapientia, the Issues Etc. Journal, Rowan and Littlefield's Encyclopedia of Martin Luther and the Reformation, and more. He has hosted the Just and Sinner Podcast since 2012, and also has a popular YouTube channel. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his wife Lisa and their two sons.