Brandt Klawitter

My project seeks to examine Luther’s understanding of procreation and the command to “Be fruitful and multiply” (Gen. 1:28) as understood primarily through his Lectures on Genesis (1535-1545). There are three particular aspects of this topic that I hope to develop through my research. First, I am tracing out the polemical nature of Luther’s teaching in the context of the historic debates surrounding clerical marriage, celibacy, and monasticism, particularly with reference to disagreements over the rightful understanding of “Be fruitful and multiply.” Second, I am investigating Luther’s usage of Aristotle’s four causes as a central framework around which Luther structures his arguments and thought on this subject. Finally, my project seeks to systematize Luther’s teaching about procreation in light of his thought on creation, sin, and redemption.