Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Systematic Theology

First Advisor

Joel Okamoto

Scripture References in this Resource

Psalm 22:9-10; Galatians 3:17; Mark 1:15; Luke 13:3-5; Matthew 6:12; Romans 4:25; 1 Corinthians 1:18; Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38; Romans 3:28; Romans 5:1; Colossians 2:9-10; James 2:17; Ephesians 2:8-9


Olson, Nathan, J. “Faith Comes By Hearing: The Interrelationship Between Faith, Theology, and Practice.” Ph.D. diss., Concordia Seminary, 2017. 202 pp.

This work provides a constructive systematic framework which sets forth a conception of faith as Trust in a Promise, utilizing an understanding of justification as God’s declaration of man being made right with Himself, a theology of the Word as an effectual promise and effectual act, and a pneumatology which acknowledges the Spirit’s role to elicit faith by killing and making alive in those who hear the gospel. Through a critical assessment of selected church practices and of the law and gospel debate in contemporary theology, this work also illustrates how various understandings of faith are operative in the Church’s secondary and primary discourse and how a conception of saving faith as Trust in a Promise is operative and coherent in ways consistent with the teachings and practices of the Lutheran Church.

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