The Weidner Theological Institute exists to provide theological education both to those who are interested in learning, but not in gaining a Seminary degree, as well as for pastors and other church workers who desire to have continued education. This is done through specialized courses offered online on a variety of subjects. They range from introductory courses to more advanced topics.
The courses are taught by the Just and Sinner fellows, whose appointments will be announced soon. The time commitment is two hours in the evening for five nights in a row. They are taught in real-time, with a chance for students to interact directly with the instructor, and video recordings will be available to the participants afterward. The cost is $100 per participant. Patrons who support Just and Sinner at the $100 tier or higher are able to take any of these courses at no extra cost (you can become a Patron here).
The History and Theology of Lutheran Scholasticism
Instructor: Dr. Jordan B Cooper
Dates: Monday March 30 - Friday April 3, 2020
This course explores the seventeenth-century theological movement known as Protestant scholasticism. We begin with a history of scholastic thought in late medieval theology, as well as the Reformation appropriation of core themes in those writers. We then explore some of the major figures of both the Lutheran and Reformed traditions who formulated the scholastic approach, and discuss some of the theological commitments which distinguish this school of thought from others. Finally, the course will explore some of the objections to Protestant scholasticism in the modern era.
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The Institute is named after the nineteenth-century American Lutheran Theologian Revere Franklin Weidner. Weidner wrote numerous books on systematic theology, Biblical theology, and ethics. Within the age of revivalism, he was a proponent of Confessional Lutheran theology and identity, and he communicated this through teaching and writing. At the Weidner Institute, we honor his legacy through a similar promotion of Confessionalism in an age of confusion in the church.