Upcoming Themes

LOGIA is published quarterly (Epiphany, Eastertide, Holy Trinity, and Reformation).                                      

27:4 (Reformation 2018) - Lutheranism & Mysticism: Early in his career Luther published and praised the Theologia Deutsch, a work of mystical theology, and scholars point to the formative influence that mystical theology had on Luther. Today Lutherans are confronted with questions about direct revelation, spiritual experience, and challenges to the external means of grace—theological ideas that share conceptual similarities with mysticism. For this issue we invite submissions that examine continuities and discontinuities between mystical theologians and Lutheranism.

28:1 (Epiphany 2019) - The Holy Cross as Mark of the Church: The last of the marks of the church Luther identifies in On the Councils and the Church is “the holy possession of the sacred cross.” Christians continue to suffer today, being shaped in the cruciform image of Christ. We invite submissions for this issue that address the contemporary context of Christian suffering and how it functions to mark Christ’s people with his cross.

28:2 (Eastertide 2019) - Lutheran Hermeneutics: While the word of the Lord stands forever, understandings of language change. The ongoing task of Lutheran hermeneutics is to give Lutherans the resources needed to correctly read and interpret scripture. In this issue we invite submissions that address how Lutherans are to read and understand the word of God.

28:3 (Holy Trinity 2019) - Body and Soul: The Lord God formed Adam from the dust and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. Human beings remain God’s creatures, formed by him to possess a body and a soul (or as some have it, a body, a soul, and a spirit). This issue looks to address the value of a strong theological anthropology and the implications such an anthropology has in Christian ethics and theology.

28:4 (Reformation 2019) - The Late Reformations: Reform efforts in Europe did not end with the death of Luther. The late sixteenth century saw a number of late Reformations—as scholars name them—that worked to settle theological controversy, advance the gospel, provide theological resources to the Lutheran church, and convert territories to different confessions. As the Formula of Concord attests, Lutheran theologians in this period played a significant role in shaping Lutheran theology and church life. With this theme we look for submissions that fill gaps in our collective knowledge of church history by addressing the oft-neglected period of the late Reformations.

29:1 (Epiphany 2020) - Natural Law: Paul, in Romans 1-2, speaks of God’s eternal power and divine nature being perceived by all, and of Gentiles who have the work of the law written on their hearts. God’s law is made known in places outside of scripture. But how is this natural law to be understood? How is natural law defined, and how does it relate to God’s revealed law? We invite submissions for this issue that address these and other questions about the natural law and its role in Christian life.

29:2 (Eastertide 2020) - Death and Dying: “In the midst of earthly life, snares of death surround us.” Pastors do well to point parishioners to the only one who can help in the midst of death and dying, as Luther does in his hymn. In this issue we invite submissions that address questions of the end of life and death with an eye to popular understandings and misunderstandings of eternal life, the resurrection, and heaven, and that provide resources for pastors as they seek to comfort the dying and the grieving.

29:3 (Holy Trinity 2020) - Christology: Solus Christus was a watchword of the sixteenth-century Reformation, as Christ stands at the heart of faith and life. But who is Christ, and what work does he do? What challenges arise in light of the claim that this one person is God and man? Lutheran Christology has long set Lutheranism apart from other Protestants, and for this issue we invite submissions that focus on the doctrine of Christ’s person and work and its significance in Lutheran theology.

29:4 (Reformation 2020) - Five Centuries of Lutheranism (special edition): This special edition looks to survey the history of Lutheranism from the sixteenth century to today. The issue is meant to serve as a reference for use in classes from parish education to graduate education by providing a short, accessible survey of the history of Lutheranism.