Dr. Gordon Isaac
- Berkshire Associate Professor of Advent Christian Studies
First Year at Gordon-Conwell:
- B.A. (Seattle Pacific University)
- M.Div. (Western Evangelical Theological Seminary)
- M.Th. (Luther Theological Seminary)
- Ph.D. (Marquette University)
- “The Finnish School of Interpretation on Justification: Trajectories and Response,” CTQ 76 (2012): 251-268.
- “Monastic Memoria in the Preface to the Complete Edition of Luther’s Latin Writings 1545,” Luther Digest: An Annual Abridgment of Luther Studies, Volume 20, Supplement 2012 (St. Louis: Luther Academy): 127-140.
- Left Behind or Left Befuddled: The Subtle Dangers of Popularizing the End Times (Liturgical Press, 2008)
Advent Christian Denomination, Martin Luther, Church History, Hell, The Reformation, Eschatology/End Times
Dr. Isaac brings a diverse theological background (having studied at a holiness seminary, a Lutheran seminary and a Jesuit university), expertise in the Reformation, and extensive study of Martin Luther to his position at Gordon-Conwell.
An expert in Reformation studies and Martin Luther, Dr. Isaac studied under an internationally known Luther scholar at Marquette and wrote his dissertation on Luther’s expositions of Psalm 90. Until 2002, he was the Associate Editor of Luther Digest and has read papers on Luther at the Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference, The Lutheran Seminary in Kobe, Japan, and at the International Luther Congress. He has also traveled on occasion to Germany to study and research.
Teaching in the area of Christian Thought has allowed Dr. Isaac’s wide interests to be expressed through courses on Martin Luther, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Great Confessions of the Faith, Popular Religion in Nineteenth-Century America, the Anabaptists, and other courses that regularly appear in the Church History sequence.
In 2004, Dr. Isaac served as the Fellow at the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research, Collegeville, Minnesota. He is also active in the Advent Christian denomination and has served as Interim Pastor at Advent Christian churches in Massachusetts and Maine.
His present research interests include Luther’s theological method, specifically Luther’s three rules for doing proper theology: prayer, meditation, and spiritual trial (oratio, meditatio, tentatio). A book length study on this topic is in preparation.
Hobbies include travel (especially in Germany), gardening and international cooking.