David P. Scaer, Th.D.

Holder of the David P. Scaer Chair of Systematic and Biblical Theology
Chairman of Systematic Theology
Editor of
Concordia Theological Quarterly

Dr. David Scaer is a professor of Systematic Theology and New Testament and holder of the David P. Scaer Chair of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. At the seminary since 1966, he serves as Editor of the Concordia Theological Quarterly (1969–1994; 1999–present) and was Academic Dean (1984–1989). He is currently Chairman of his department. He has served as the organizer of the annual Concordia Theological Seminary Symposium on the Lutheran Confessions since 1978.

He also taught for ten years as a part time instructor in religion at the University of Illinois (Champaign) from 1966–1976 and served as a parish pastor at congregations in Gillespie, Illinois, and Rockville, Connecticut.

For nine years he served on the LCMS Commission on the Theology and Church Relations as chairman of the committee on theology and was the principle author of several reports later adopted by the Synod.  He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Institute for Biblical Research, the Alliance of Confessional Evangelicals, and the Christianity Today Institute, for which periodical he also serves as a research scholar. Twice he was awarded the prestigious John W. Behnken Post-Doctoral Fellowship Award by AAL for study in Europe (1969, 1986).

A third generation Missouri Synod Lutheran clergyman, Professor Scaer was brought up in Brooklyn, New York, where his father, the late Reverend Paul H. Scaer, served his lifetime ministry at Trinity Lutheran Church of Flatbush. He and his wife Dorothy have been married since 1960 and have five children.

Collected Writings

Dr. Scaer has written extensively, and his articles have appeared in Concordia Theological Quarterly, Christianity Today, Lutheran Forum, Logia (contributing editor), Forum Letter, The Lutheran Witness, Modern Reformation (contributing editor), Cresset, The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Grace Theological Journal, Issues in Christian Education and many more.


Infant Baptism in 19th Century Lutheran Theology, upcoming
Law and Gospel and the Means of Grace, The Luther Academy, St Louis, Missouri, 2008
Understanding Four Views on the Lord's Supper (Counterpoints: Church Life) by Russell D. Moore, I. John Hesselink, David P. Scaer, Zondervan,  Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2007
Discourses in Matthew: Jesus Teaches the Church, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, Missouri, 2004
In Christ, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, Missouri, 2004
Sermon on the Mount, Concordia Publishing House. St. Louis, Missouri, 2000
James: The Apostle of Faith, Wipf & Stock Publishers, Eugene, Oregon, 2004
Baptism, The Luther Academy, St Louis, Missouri, 1999
What Do You Think of Jesus?, Concordia Theological Seminary Press, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1999 (reprint)
Christology, The Luther Academy, St. Louis, Missouri, 1989
Luther's Catechisms—450 Years: Essays Commemorating the Small and Large Catechisms of The Apostolic Scriptures, Concordia Theological Seminary Press, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1979
Dr. Martin Luther, Concordia Theological Seminary Press, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1979
A Latin Ecclesiastical Glossary for Francis Pieper's Christian Dogmatics, Concordia Theological Seminary Press, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 1978
Getting Into the Story of Concord: A History of the “Book of Concord”, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, Missouri, 1977
The Lutheran World Federation Today, Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, Missouri, 1971


“The Doctrine of the Sacraments in the Theology of Johann Gerhard” Protestant Scholasticism: Essays in Reassessment, edited by Carl R. Trueman and R. Scott Clark, Carlisle (UK): Paternoster, 1999
“Francis Pieper: His Theology and Legacy Unmatched Stature,” The Pieper Lectures: The Office of the Ministry (Saint Louis: Concordia Historical Institute, 1997), 9-41.
"Francis Pieper: His Theology and Legacy," The Pieper Lectures, Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, Missouri. February 22, 1996
"Francis Pieper", Handbook of Evangelical Theologians. ed. by Walter A. Elwell. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House [1993(4)].
"How Lutherans Do Theology". Doing Theology in Today's World, Essays in Honor of Kantzer.ed. by Thomas McComiskey and John Woodbridge. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Academie Books, and New York: Harper and Row, 1991.