Ethics In Lutheran Perspective Online Course (online course registration only)

Ethics In Lutheran Perspective Online Course (online course registration only)

$300.00

Ethics in Lutheran Perspective
Orientation week September 9, 2019
Class sessions September 13 - Decebember 5, 2019
This online companion course was developed in 2005 with Synodically Authorized Ministers particularly in mind. The course was developed and recorded by Dr Craig Nessan, Academic Dean and Professor of Contextual Theology, Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA. The class will use lectures on DVD, textbook readings, essays posted online, and threaded discussion. The facilitator for this course is Rev. Pete Speiser.  Pete  is a graduate of Luther Seminary and has served ELCA congregations in Nebraska. He is currently an adjunct professor in Religious Studies at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. In addition, Pete and his wife Anna (a hospital chaplain) operate Wild Plum Farm, raising sheep for meat and wool. He has two children, Inga and Lars. 
TEXTBOOK: Timothy F. Lull, Editor. Martin Luther’s Basic Theological Writings.  Minneapolis: Fortress Press,  (3rd Edition). Click here to order from Amazon.
 
DESCRIPTION:
This course will offer an introduction to the field of Christian ethics, paying particular attention to distinctively Lutheran themes. Lectures and readings will examine how the Lutheran theological tradition shapes ethical reflection for the church in its mission today. How do the Word of God, law and gospel, sacraments, liturgy, reason, theology of the cross, Christian freedom, vocation, and two kingdoms teaching shape and condition ethical deliberation? Together we will consider how to give constructive leadership in order that congregations become communities of moral deliberation.
 
OBJECTIVES:
1. To introduce basic ethical terms and concepts
2. To examine the core themes of a Lutheran perspective on Christian ethics
3. To understand how these core themes shape ethical reflection
4. To develop a method of ethical reflection
5. To consider how to lead communities of moral deliberation
 
SESSIONS:
1. Life in the Presence of God
2. God's Law
3. Human Nature: Created by God
4. Human Nature: Fallen into Sin
5. The Authority of Scripture and Tradition
6. Experience and Reasoning as Sources of Authority
7. Luther's Two Kingdoms
8. The Danger of Misinterpreting Luther's Two Kingdoms
9. The Dynamics of Justification and Christian Freedom
10. The Ethics of the Cross
11. Moral Deliberation in the Congregation
12. An Ethical Agenda for the Church
 
CLICK HERE for a syllabus.

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