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Norwalk, CT Law, Virtue, and Life in Christ

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Saint Peter Lutheran Church

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Norwalk, CT 06851

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What is the role of the Law in the Christian life? How can we better understand the so-called antinomian controversies of our time? Can virtue be considered as having a place in the Christian life, or does Luther's condemnation of habit exclude any rehabilitation of virtue? This course will explore these issues, as well as offer a positive, comprehensive understanding of the Christian life that does not mingle it with justification by faith before God.

Dr. Gifford Grobien

Dr. Gifford Grobien joined the faculty of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne (CTSFW), Indiana, in 2012 as Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology and Director of the DMin Program. In 2018, the Board of Regents granted him tenure and advanced him to the rank of Associate Professor of Systematic Theology.

Prior to serving at CTSFW, he was a postdoctoral teaching scholar in the Department of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He earned his PhD in Moral Theology from Notre Dame in 2011, defending the dissertation, “Be Transformed by the Renewing of Your Minds: Christian Worship as the Root of Righteousness and Ethical Formation.” His research interests include the relationship between soteriology, worship and ethics, virtue, the natural law, the proper distinction between Law and Gospel, theological anthropology, and some topics in sacramental and liturgical studies. He earned his MDiv in Exegetical Theology from CTSFW in 2005.

Recent publications include, “The Christian Voice in the Civil Realm,” Concordia Theological Quarterly (CTQ) 78, no. 3-4 (2014); “Marriage and So-Called Civil Unions in Light of Natural Law,” CTQ 77, no. 3-4 (2013); and “Righteousness, Mystical Union, and Moral Formation in Christian Worship,” (CTQ 77, no. 1-2 (2013).

Dr. Grobien served as assistant pastor of Emmaus Evangelical Lutheran Church, South Bend, Indiana, from 2006-2012. Prior to attending seminary, he was a Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy (1995-2000). He earned his BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1995.



Reading:

Formula of Concord (both Epitome and Solid Declaration) 4-6.

Gerhard Forde, "Lex semper accusat? Nineteenth-Century Roots of Our Current Dilemma," in A More Radical Gospel: Essays on Eschatology, Authority, Atonement, and Ecumenism, Eerdmans, 2004; previously published in dialog 9/4 (Autumn 1970): 265-74.

Luther, Martin. Treatise on Good Works, AE 44.

Rosner, Brian S. Paul and the Law: Keeping the Commandments of God. InterVarsity Academic, 2013.

Brad J. Kallenberg. “The Master Argument of MacIntyre's After Virtue.” In Virtues and Practices of the Christian Tradition: Christian Ethics after MacIntyre. Edited by Nancey C. Murphy, Brad J. Kallenberg, and Mark Nation. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2003.

Paul Ramsey, "A Theory of Virtue According to the Principles of the Reformation." The Journal of Religion 27:3 (1947): 178-196.

Biermann, Joel D. A Case for Character: Towards a Lutheran Virtue Ethics. Fortress Press, 2014.

Gerhard, Johann. Schola Pietatis--Volume 2. Repristination Press, 2013.

Kleinig, John W. Grace upon Grace. Concordia Publishing House, 2008.

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