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Steven D. Paulson

Steven D. Paulson

Professor of Systematic Theology

  • Th.D. (Lutheran School of Theology)
  • Ordained (ELCA)
  • M.Th. (Lutheran School of Theology)
  • M.Div. (Luther Seminary)

Biography

Steven Paulson joined the Luther Seminary faculty as associate professor of systematic theology in the fall of 1998 after serving as assistant professor of religion at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., where he had been since 1993.

He was pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Washington Island, Wis., from 1990 to 1993. His experience also includes two years of work as a research librarian at JKM Library in Chicago and five years as a psychiatric counselor at Fairview Hospitals in Minneapolis.

Paulson is a Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., and earned the master of divinity degree from Luther Seminary in 1984. He holds both the master of theology (1988) and doctor of theology (1992) degrees from Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.

He has been honored with the Goethe Institute Scholarship (1985) and the North American Ministerial Fellowship (1980-84).

Paulson currently serves on the editorial boards of Word and World and both the Lutheran Quarterly and Dialog and has written articles for both journals. He is the author of Luther for Armchair Theologians and editor of A More Radical Gospel, The Captivation of the Will, and The Preached God all written by Gerhard Forde.

Featured Work

A Brief Introduction to Martin Luther

A Brief Introduction to Martin Luther

Westminster John Knox Press (Jan. 2017)

In the sixteenth century, Martin Luther started a reformation movement that revolutionized Europe and the history of the Christian faith. His far-reaching reforms of theological understanding and church practices dramatically changed both church and society in Europe and beyond. In honor of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Steven Paulson provides an engaging, concise introduction to Martin Luther's life and the major themes in his theology.

A Brief Introduction to Martin Luther

Lutheran Theology

Lutheran Theology

Bloomsbury T&T Clark (April, 2011)

The Doing Theology series introduces the major Christian traditions and their way of theological reflection. The volumes focus on the origins of a particular theological tradition, its foundations, key concepts, eminent thinkers and historical development. The series is aimed at readers who want to learn more about their own theological heritage and identity: theology undergraduates, students in ministerial training and church study groups.

Lutheran Theology

Courses

HT 0801 02 50LUTHERAN CONFESSIONAL WRITINGS Spring Semester 2017-2018

A study of the confessions of the Lutheran Church as set forth in the Book of Concord. The documents of the reforming movement, viewed in the historical settings, are explicated in the light of their witness to the centrality of the gospel of justification by faith. Consideration is given to the contemporary importance of this witness for the life and mission of the Lutheran Church in a post-secular age. A central question of the course focuses on what it means to confess today in ecumenical engagement, in culturally diverse situations and interfaith contexts, and how that confession is shaped by those contexts.

HT 0801 50LUTHERAN CONFESSIONAL WRITINGS Spring Semester 2017-2018

A study of the confessions of the Lutheran Church as set forth in the Book of Concord. The documents of the reforming movement, viewed in the historical settings, are explicated in the light of their witness to the centrality of the gospel of justification by faith. Consideration is given to the contemporary importance of this witness for the life and mission of the Lutheran Church in a post-secular age. A central question of the course focuses on what it means to confess today in ecumenical engagement, in culturally diverse situations and interfaith contexts, and how that confession is shaped by those contexts.

ST 0440 50THE TRIUNE GOD AND WORLD-ONLINE Spring Semester 2017-2018

This course provides a comprehensive, coherent presentation of the articles of faith in the Triune God, drawing upon biblical, theological, confessional and contemporary resources. Together we will cultivate theological imagination in view of communities and neighbors through current questions, challenges to faith, and awareness of diverse contexts. Prerequisite: SG 0401 Thinking Theologically Confessing Publicly Equivalency: ST0415 or ST0425 or ST0435 ST Core Course

ST 1474 50BONDAGE AND THE WILL AND FREEDOM Spring Semester 2017-2018

The current discussions of bondage and freedom in brain science, philosophy and political science will be considered in light of the classic debate between Luther and Erasmus.

ST 2467 01THEOLOGY OF THE CROSS January Term 2017-2018

Considers “two kinds of love,” and the biblical, historical and systematic teaching of the cross in history, concentrating on the dramatic development of the theology of the cross in Martin Luther. The importance in mission and modern uses and abuses of the theology are considered.

ST 0440 01THE TRIUNE GOD AND THE WORLD Fall Semester 2017-2018

This course provides a comprehensive, coherent presentation of the articles of faith in the Triune God, drawing upon biblical, theological, confessional and contemporary resources. Together we will cultivate theological imagination in view of communities and neighbors through current questions, challenges to faith, and awareness of diverse contexts. Prerequisite: SG 0401 Thinking Theologically Confessing Publicly Equivalency: ST Core Course

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