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Outlaw God

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The Outlaw God podcast is about moving from theological speculation to proclamation. Featuring Dr. Steven Paulson and co-hosted by Caleb Keith.

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Ex Nihilo

September 21st, 2021


Dr. Paulson and Caleb continue to discuss God's creating and saving works. What does it mean that God creates from nothing? How does creation relate …

Romans 4:17

September 13th, 2021


In this episode, Caleb and Dr. Paulson discuss salvation ex nihilo or "from nothing." That is that God does not use preexisting goodness or …

Romans Chapter Four and Abraham

September 6th, 2021


Dr. Paulson continues to talk about trial by observing the different ways the story of Abraham has been taught. Is Abraham teaching us about the …

Trials and Tribulations

August 30th, 2021


This episode extends further into questions about certainty and evil. Dr. Paulson discusses the concept of "whatever doesn't kill you makes you …


August 23rd, 2021


Dr. Paulson discusses the doctrine of vocation and the place of God's power. He highlights some misapplications of Ecclesiastes while asserting that …

Preaching God Almighty

August 16th, 2021


As Dr. Paulson works through chapter 6, he explains the difference between God lending out his power and proclaiming God's use of his power. Paulson …

No More Sleeping God (God's Power)

August 10th, 2021

Dr. Paulson and Caleb continue to outline Luther’s response to Erasmus. This time, they discuss God’s power and activity. Despite Erasmus’s …

A Little More Melanchthon

August 2nd, 2021


Dr. Paulson and Caleb discuss Philip Melanchthon and the 1521 Loci Communes. Melanchthon was instrumental to the Lutheran Reformation and established …

Certainty and Evil

July 26th, 2021


Dr. Paulson continues into chapter six of Luther's Outlaw God. In this episode, he further defines what it means for man to "not want God to be God." …

No More Sleeping God

July 20th, 2021


Dr. Paulson introduces chapter six of Outlaw God Volume One. Here Paulson uncovers an important assertion from Luther, and we do not want God to be …

The Hegel Footnote

July 13th, 2021


At the end of chapter five of Luther's Outlaw God, Dr. Paulson fast-forwards from Luther and Erasmus to Hegel. In Hegel, Paulson identifies a new …


July 5th, 2021


Is Scripture clear? Dr. Paulson talks about the internal and external clarity of Scripture. Picking up from the last episode, Caleb and Dr. Paulson …

Not Just Any Other Book

June 29th, 2021


Dr. Paulson spends time explaining how Luther and Erasmus approach Scripture. Is the Bible just like any other old book? Are the teachings of …

From Cave to Fountain

June 21st, 2021


Dr. Paulson and Caleb are joined by Adam Guthmiller once again. This time they talk about faith and certainty in Luther's refutation of Erasmus. …

Full Assurance

June 14th, 2021


A Luther House of Study student Adam Guthmiller joins Caleb and Dr. Paulson to discuss Luther's assertions concerning the faith. In this episode, Dr. …

Romans Chapter 10

June 7th, 2021


Dr. Paulson looks at Romans 10 to explain submission and righteousness. Paulson explains how Romans 10 was pivotal in Luther's assertions against …

The Cave of Corycos

May 31st, 2021


Quiet meditation in a dark cave, that's what Erasmus thinks will lead to a right relationship of faith in God. Dr. Paulson talks about Erasmus's …

Submission to the Law

May 24th, 2021


As a continuation of the last episode, Dr. Paulson explains that the goal of Erasmus's skepticism is a calculated submission. If you are adequately …


May 17th, 2021


Paulson confronts Erasmus's propositions about remaining in unknowing. True skepticism rests in Erasmus's ability to avoid definite conclusions and …

The Doors of the Bondage of the Will

May 10th, 2021


Dr. Paulson closes out chapter five of Luther's Outlaw God. As chapter five comes to a close, Paulson reads a portion of Luther's introduction to the …

Law and Gospel

May 4th, 2021


Dr. Paulson talks about the importance of distinguishing between Law and Gospel. While the idea of this distinction is becoming more popular, it is …

Refuting Secularity

April 26th, 2021


Dr. Paulson refutes the charge that Luther is the origin of an ever secularizing culture. In particular, Paulson examines the similarities between …


April 19th, 2021


On this episode, Dr. Paulson addresses the critique that Luther unleashed a slide into meaninglessness on society. Can the origins of secular decline …

The Limits of Freedom

April 12th, 2021


In this episode, Paulson discusses the differences between humanist and scholastic dialoge on the limits of freedom. He also outlines how beginning …

Diatribe and Assertion

April 5th, 2021


Dr. Paulson describes Luther's confidence when writing to Erasmus. This confidence manifested itself in Luther's ability to make firm assertions …

Mark Chapter 4

March 29th, 2021


On this episode, Dr. Paulson talks about why theologians have to make distinctions. This conversation is followed up with a reading of the parable of …

Luther Begins to Preach the Bound Will

March 22nd, 2021


Dr. Paulson introduces chapter 5 of Luther's Outlaw God and what it means that Luther will try to "preach to Erasmus." The Bondage of the will marks …

The Outlaw God in Three Volumes

March 15th, 2021


Volume Three of Luther's Outlaw God is finally available for purchase. Dr. Paulson outlines the three volumes and explains why he needed over 800 …

Freedom and the Law

March 8th, 2021


Caleb and Dr. Paulson wrap up their look at Aquinas and Luther on freedom. In particular, they focus on the difference between being freed from the …

Romans 6:18

March 4th, 2021


Dr. Paulson ties up his outline of Aquinas on free will with a discussion of Romans 6:18. Paulson highlights the distinct differences between Luther …

Uncertainty and Freedom

February 22nd, 2021


Dr. Paulson and Caleb continue their conversation about free will and Thomas Aquinas. Dr. Paulson highlights Aquinas’ assertion that the cost of …

Per Se

February 15th, 2021


Dr. Paulson and Caleb continue talking about Thomas Aquinas. This episode focuses on Aquinas' use of "per se" to describe the human will and the need …

The Story of the Law

February 8th, 2021


Dr. Paulson begins to introduce Thomas Aquinas and how he crafts a story of the Law. Dr. Paulson then talks about how myth, story, and life revolve …

Anselm and Freedom

February 2nd, 2021


Dr. Paulson outlines the issues with Anselm's propositions on free will. The show ends with a conversation about Christian freedom and service to …

Anselm and Concursus

January 25th, 2021


On this episode, Dr. Paulson introduces Anselm's presentation of Concursus or the idea that human creatures cooperate with God and His will. 

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Dealing with the Accusation of the Law

January 18th, 2021


What is the solution to the accusation of the Law? On this episode, Dr. Paulson lays out Anselm's case for a proper use of the intellect in …

Scholasticism and Anselm

January 11th, 2021


Dr. Paulson introduces Anslem and his contributions to Scholastic theology. Paulson briefly discusses concursus, a topic that will be further …

The Human Creature and Faith

January 4th, 2021


Dr. Paulson and Caleb take a further look at Erasmus and his Annotations of Romans 1:17. How do faith, faithfulness, and trust help us answer the …


December 28th, 2020


Caleb and Dr. Paulson talk about Desiderius Erasmus. Erasmus made a great contribution to the reformation with his Greek New Testament and adherence …

From Heaven Above To Earth I Come

December 21st, 2020


Dr. Paulson walks through Luther's Christmas Hymn, From Heaven Above To Earth I Come. He highlights Luther's emphasis on proclaiming the incarnation …

Christmas and the Incarnation

December 14th, 2020


As part of two Christmas episodes, Dr. Paulson talks about the importance of the incarnation. Paulson then looks at the angels in Luke chapter 2 to …

Spei Salvi (Saved in Hope)

December 7th, 2020


Dr. Paulson discusses contemporary rejections of Martin Luther. After discussing Cardinal Ratzinger’s Spei Salvi, the conversation turns to the …


November 30th, 2020


Dr. Paulson and Caleb are joined by Scott Keith as they discuss the impact of Reformation Humanism. On this episode, we outline the importance and …


November 23rd, 2020


Dr. Paulson and Caleb are joined by Scott Keith to talk about Scholasticism during the Reformation.

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November 16th, 2020


Dr. Paulson and Caleb introduce the idea of necessity in relation to God. This leads us to ask what it means for God to be all mighty and to explore …

Israel Has A Preacher

November 9th, 2020


Dr. Paulson talks about how the distinction between Israel and Babylon is the Word of God delivered by a preacher. God’s presence is not indicated by …

God in History

November 2nd, 2020


On this episode, Dr. Paulson talks about how God acts and breaks into history. By his incarnation Christ fulfills history bringing to an end the …

The Amen Gloss

October 26th, 2020


On this episode, Dr. Paulson expands on what Luther called Isaiah’s amen gloss. The leads to further explore God’s calling of the preacher. 

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Going to Law with God

October 19th, 2020


Caleb and Dr. Paulson are joined by John Hoyum to discuss Isaiah's Amen gloss. Paulson talks about the problems with "going to law with God" and how …


October 12th, 2020


Dr. Paulson and Caleb are joined by John Hoyum to talk about asking God, Why? Why do bad things happen to good people? Paulson explains how typical …

How God Overcomes the Offense

October 5th, 2020


Caleb and Dr. Paulson continue to read Isaiah chapter forty-five. This time, they hone in on the offense of the Gospel and how God overcomes this …

A God Who Hides Himself

September 28th, 2020


Dr. Paulson and Caleb talk about Isaiah 45:15. ”Truly, you are a God who hides himself, I God of Israel, the Savior.” Dr. Paulson talks about how …

Holiness and Glory

September 21st, 2020


We continue to move into Isaiah and define the terms of holiness and glory.  The conversation leads toward questions about how we access God.

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Introducing Isaiah

September 14th, 2020


Dr. Paulson talks about Luther's treatment of Isaiah 43. Here we see how God uses sinners to preach forgiveness to other sinners. 

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Visible and Invisible

September 7th, 2020


What does it mean for God to be invisible? Dr. Paulson and Caleb talk about the distinction between visible and invisible. 

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God and His Attributes

August 31st, 2020


Caleb and Dr. Paulson talk about the attributes of God. This episode is about nailing down who God is and more specifically what He says about …

Luther and Moses

August 24th, 2020


Dr. Paulson and Caleb continue reading the book of Exodus. This time, Dr. Paulson draws our attention to Luther’s commentary on these verses.

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The Attack Against Moses

August 17th, 2020


Dr. Paulson and Caleb talk about God’s assassination attempt against Moses. Dr. Paulson differentiates between the legal method of reading scripture …

The Second Commandment

August 10th, 2020


Dr. Paulson talks about the second commandment and Moses’ call to Egypt. This leads to talking about the fear of God.

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Election and the Law

August 3rd, 2020


Dr. Paulson and Caleb talk about the ways people try and use God’s law to secure and confirm election. This conversation leads toward the distinction …

Unsaying and Analogy

July 27th, 2020


Dr. Paulson and Caleb talk about the methods of unsaying and analogy. This leads to a discussion about Jesus' use of parables.

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From What to Where

July 20th, 2020


Dr. Paulson talks about the phrase “faith seeking understanding.” The show then focuses on the switch from the analogies of what God is, to where He …

The Hidden God in Other Traditions

July 13th, 2020


Steve Paulson and Caleb Keith talk about how reformed traditions handle the hidden God. The conversation also touches on the importance of preaching …

The Move to Absolution

July 6th, 2020


Springboarding off of the Leipzig debate, Caleb and Dr. Paulson discuss Luther's thesis that every preacher is called to absolve sins.

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Luther and Eck

June 29th, 2020


Dr. Paulson talks about the significance o the Leipzig Debate and the arguments of John Eck. Eck was a formidable scholastic opponent as challenges …

Defining and Proclaiming

June 22nd, 2020


On this episode, Steve Paulson talks about the difference between defining words and proclaiming them. This leads to a discussion about theological …

God in Hiding

June 15th, 2020


Steve Paulson introduces the doctrine of the hidden God. The conversation is followed by exploring Luther's dangerous idea of not just God hidden but …

Groundwork for Evangelical Lutheran Theology

June 9th, 2020


Steven Paulson introduces the necessary theological topics for investigating Lutheran theology and its evangelical aim. These topics layout the …

Outlaw God Trailer

May 18th, 2020


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