On the Law, the newest volume in the translation of Johann Gerhard’s Theological Commonplaces, is now available. In this volume, Gerhard addresses the moral Law of God, revealed in Scripture and nature, as well as all other kinds of laws, such as the ceremonies and civil laws of the Old Testament. Here the reader finds a comprehensive Lutheran moral theology rooted in God’s command and Christ’s fulfillment of the Law. Gerhard examines each commandment in detail and resolves various difficulties and cases of conscience, which are still relevant today. Also in this volume is the commonplace On Ceremonial and Forensic Laws, which shows that these categories of laws from the Old Testament have been abrogated while at the same time pointing to their importance for Christians in understanding God’s acts of old with His people and their fulfillment in the work of Jesus Christ. [Read more…] about Announcing the Release of On the Law (Johann Gerhard)
NOW AVAILABLE: On Sin and Free Choice
Includes the commonplaces On Original Sin, On Actual Sins, and On Free Choice. This volume is notable in opposing “decision theology,” in which one’s conversion and salvation depend ultimately on human choice.
August 2015: On the Law
This volume is notable for its comprehensive moral theology, structured upon the Ten Commandments and the double law of love. The volume consists of two commonplaces: On the Law of God and On Ceremonial and Forensic Laws.
August 2016: On the Gospel and Repentance
The volume consists of two commonplaces: On the Gospel and On Repentance. It also discusses Holy Absolution, the forgiveness of sins imparted through the word of forgiveness.
2017: On Interpreting Scripture; Method of Theological Study
Gerhard sets forth guidelines for properly interpreting Scripture (hermeneutics). The Method of Theological Study expands on those guidelines and gives advice to seminary students on how best to study theology and prepare for service to the church.
2018: On Justification
This volume, consisting of just one commonplace, handles the heart of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and controversial topics such as: “Do sins against conscience deprive a person of faith, the Holy Spirit, and salvation?”
2019: On Good Works
2020: On Holy Baptism
2021: On the Resurrection and Last Judgment
2022: On the End of the World and on Eternal Death
2023: On Eternal Life
Volumes are released every year in the late summer or early fall. Subscribe and save at www.cph.org/gerhard. Become a subscriber to Theological Commonplaces and each new volume of Gerhard’s monumental series will be shipped to you automatically. Currently, volumes are priced at $59.99, but as a subscriber you will pay only $41.99, a 30% savings. Your subscription starts with the newest volume and you will continue to receive each new volume. As an added bonus, new subscribers can purchase previously released volumes at the same 30% savings.
Johann Gerhard (1582–1637) is considered by many as the third preeminent theologian of the Lutheran Reformation, following Martin Luther and Martin Chemnitz. In his magisterial Theological Commonplaces, he systematically, skillfully, and precisely presents the doctrines of the Christian faith, arguing against the positions of Roman Catholics (as represented by Robert Bellarmine) and the Reformed (as represented by Calvin, Beza, and others), as well as other more radical sects (such as the Socinians).
As we commemorate his life on August 17, the following excerpt introduces Gerhard and his Theological Commonplaces.
The second “Lutheranism and the Classics” conference at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. (Sept. 28–29, 2012) presents an opportunity to consider what the wisdom and literature of the ancient past can contribute to Christian faith and life today. CPH editor Dr. Benjamin Mayes will be at the conference, and looks forward to meeting you. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to schedule a meeting.
CPH authors presenting research papers in the conference include:
Concordia Publishing House is proud to present Gerhard’s On the Ministry II, the latest volume of the Theological Commonplaces in English, coming beside On the Ministry I and On the Church to complete Gerhard’s definitive treatment of the doctrines of church and ministry. We asked Rev. Dr. Benjamin Mayes, general editor for the series, how this volume can help pastors today, what advice Gerhard would give current students, and even how this volume would be helpful for laypeople. Read on for his answers to these questions and more. [Read more…] about Announcing the release of Johann Gerhard’s “On the Ministry II”