Lutheranism & the Classics

LUTHERANISM & THE CLASSICS IV: Listening to the Poets

September 29-30, 2016

Aside from the Psalter, Latin and Greek poetry have held from ancient times the greatest influence upon the church’s song. Luther’s Latin epigrams poked fun at enemies of the Gospel, and the Reformers’ appreciation of Homer, Vergil, Horace and Ovid contributed to the rise of the Lutheran chorale. These and other influences will be discussed at the conference to be hosted by Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana, under the theme, “Lutheranism & the Classics IV: Listening to the Poets.”

The conference features three plenary papers, a banquet address and as many as 30 sectional presenters on such topics as poetry in Scripture, the role of poetry in Lutheran pedagogy, metrical matters, polemical uses of poetry, and early Christian hymnists as viewed by the Wittenburg Reformers. Latin will be used in three worship settings and a session on translation by Dr. Carl P.E. Springer designed especially for Lutheran teachers, classical educators who use Latin and homeschoolers.

Information for submitting papers can be found by clicking on the "Call for Papers" tab in the blue column on the left side of this page.