Mayes on Gerhard…
As Concordia Publishing House prepares to release the eighth volume in Johann Gerhard's magisterial Theological Commonplaces, the following interview with the series editor, the Rev. Dr. Benjamin T. G. Mayes, introduces Gerhard and his writing, and reflects on the place of this material in the 17th century and for pastors and scholars of the 21st century.
Who was Johann Gerhard and why is his work important?
What are the "theological commonplaces"? Why did Gerhard write this series?
As you work with this material translated from Latin, what have you found to be most challenging? What has surprised you most in the volumes so far?
This project is truly a team effort. Describe the roles of the people involved.
What benefits will a parish pastor derive from interacting with Gerhard's Theologocial Commonplaces?
Describe the value of the publication of this series for the scholar.
The forthcoming volume addresses sin and free choice. In addition to his constant dialogue with Robert Bellarmine, what other groups or theologians does Gerhard address?