This course is a study of the life, teaching, and times of Martin Luther (1483-1546) and the Lutheran Doctrine. Recognizing the need for Practical Theology, students will be invited to reflect critically upon key issues in order that they might be able to better articulate their own particular views on theological and historical issues. The methodology will be the design of lesson plans that the student will be able to later use in their ministry in addressing practical questions that have arisen from the Instructors years of ministry.
By the end of the course student should be able to . . .
Defend Lutheran doctrines of Christian theology;
discuss Luther within a historical and contemporary context,
explain Luther’s key theological ideas:
Students will develop their skills in . . .
explaining theological views of the Lutherans:
be able to articulate their own point of view and be able to engage differing points of view in a constructive manner.
These goals will be accomplished by reading and writing assignments and dialogue with reflective response to the articles submitted by peers.
1. Essays should provide a concise, clear understanding of the subject at hand. This includes not only understanding of those ideas with which we agree, but also those with which we differ.
2. Lesson Plans are to be:
Sufficient to cover the topic matter.
Consider each session to be limited to one hour.
Provide a proper listing of resources utilized and referenced. (Minimum three per lesson plan.)
Information provided in the lesson plan should convey fully to the Instructor your understanding and ability to grasp the subject matter
Students are expected to complete all the assigned readings prior to submitting of papers. Seeking out the aid of the instructor as needed is the student’s responsibility. Students who feel that they are struggling with the course subject matter are strongly encouraged to talk with the instructor as soon as they notice any difficulty.
Students are expected to be guided by the highest expressions of integrity in completing course requirements.
Violations of integrity include cheating, plagiarism, falsification, facilitating others' violations and impeding. Any student who is unclear about the application of these norms in the completion of a particular assignment should consult the instructor.