Lutheranism & the Classics

Plenary Speakers


Robert Christman

Robert J. Christman is associate professor in the Department of History at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Boston University and his Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Late Medieval and Early Modern European History from the University of Arizona. Christman is best known for his work on the implementation and impact of the Reformation in Protestant Germany during the second half of the sixteenth century. His first book, published in 2012 by Brill and entitled Doctrinal Controversy and Lay Religiosity in Late Reformation Germany: The Case of Mansfeld, was a social history of Flacian controversy over original sin.

Christman has received numerous grants and awards including a Fulbright Research grant to conduct dissertation research in Germany and a Fellowship at the Institute for European History in Mainz, Germany. This past year, he was again a Fulbright Research Fellow in Germany.

Cameron MacKenzie

Cameron MacKenzie is the Ellis Professor of Historical Theology at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, and chairman of the Department of Historical Theology. Before joining the faculty in 1983, he served St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Detroit, Mich., as pastor (1975–1983) and as headmaster of its school (1972–1983).

MacKenzie received his B.A. from the University of Detroit, an M.A. in History from the University of Chicago, an M.A. in Classics from Wayne State University, an S.T.M. in New Testament from Concordia Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Notre Dame.

In addition to articles and essays, MacKenzie is the author of The Battle for the Bible in England, 1557-1582 (New York: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2002) and two doctrinal studies in the Lifelight Series of Concordia Publishing House, one on the Ministry (2009) and another on The End Times (forthcoming).

Paul L. Maier

Paul L. Maier completed the Ph.D. in New Testament and Ancient History at the University of Basel, the first American to complete the work summa cum laude. Maier is professor of Ancient History (emeritus) at Western Michigan University, a four-term Vice President of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

Maier is a much-published author of both scholarly and popular works, e.g., Pontius Pilate and The Flames of Rome, as well as a theological thriller that became # 1 national bestseller in religious fiction, A Skeleton in God's Closet. His non-fiction works include In the Fullness of Time; Josephus—The Essential Works; and Eusebius—The Church History. More than five million Maier books are now in print in 20 languages, as well as over 300 scholarly articles and reviews in professional journals.

Maier lectures widely, appears frequently in national radio, television and newspaper interviews, and has received numerous awards. He has also penned seven children's books, and hosted six video series dealing with Jesus, St. Paul, the early church, the Bible and current Christianity.

Peter Scaer

Peter Scaer is associate professor of Exegetical Theology at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne. He completed his undergraduate work in the Classics at Indiana University, Bloomington, the M.Div. at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, and both the M.A. and Ph.D. at Notre Dame. His doctoral dissertation was published as The Lukan Passion and the Praise Worthy Death (Sheffield Phoenix, 2005).

From 1996 to 2000 Scaer served as the pastor of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Arcadia, Ind. He joined the Exegetical Department in 2000. Scaer is a passionate defender of life and marriage, an outstanding preacher of the Gospel and a much-in-demand speaker at conferences—pastoral and lay—throughout The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.