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On the Church - Theological Commonplaces

by Gerhard, Johann

Item #: 531168 / 2010 / Hardback / 870 Pages

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About this Volume
The doctrine of the Church was contentious as Lutherans argued for the scriptural catholicity of their churches, which embraced the Reformation over against Roman Catholic claims to be the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church confessed in the creeds. Distinguishing between visibility and invisibility as aspects of the same church, Gerhard discusses whether the church can err and defines the true marks of the Church.

This volume also covers much more than just the doctrine of the Church. It deals with mission, miracles, prophecy, the curious case of “Pope Joan,” and the corruptions of the papacy in the centuries leading up to Gerhard’s time.


About the Series
The Theological Commonplaces series is the first-ever English translation of Johann Gerhard's monumental Loci Theologici. Gerhard was the premier Lutheran theologian of the early seventeenth century. Combining his profound understanding of evangelical Lutheran theology with a broad interest in ethics and culture, he produced significant works on biblical, doctrinal, pastoral, and devotional theology. Gerhard interacts with the writings of the church fathers, Luther and his contemporaries, and the Catholic and Calvinist theologians of his day. His 17-volume Loci is regarded as the standard compendium of Lutheran orthodoxy, with topics ranging from the proper understanding and interpretation of Scripture to eschatology.
 
Useful for research on Lutheran doctrine, Gerhard's accessible style makes this a must-have on the bookshelf of pastors and professional church workers.
 
Each embossed hardback volume includes:

• the translation of Gerhard's Loci (originally published from 1610 to 1625)
• a glossary of key theological, rhetorical, and philosophical terms
• a name index
• a Scripture index 
• a carefully researched works cited list that presents guidance for deciphering the numerous abbreviations of the other titles from which Gerhard quotes.


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Gerhard’s Loci is the greatest doctrinal text in the entire history of Lutheranism. By putting these splendid volumes in the English language, CPH ensures access to the solid teaching of the orthodox Lutheran Church in one of its greatest expressions ever penned. And CPH is virtually the only Lutheran publishing house in the world with the capacity, fidelity, and will to produce such gems!

—Matthew C. Harrison, president, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

 
Among the strengths of Gerhard are his clear definitions of terms, his abundant use of Scripture, his thorough knowledge of the church fathers, and the clarity of his outline and arguments. The notion that the Lutheran dogmaticians were philosophical debaters rather than careful exegetes of Scriptures is quickly disproved by the way in which Gerhard presents testimony from the Bible. . . . [It is] a work that deserves its recognition as the outstanding work of Lutheran (i.e. biblical) dogmatics.

—John F. Brug, Wisconsin Lutheran Quarterly

 

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