5th Conference on Lutheranism and the Classics

Three statues: Athena, representing wisdom and learning, flanked by Martin Luther and Philip Melanchthon.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CTSFW)—In three months, Lutheranism & the Classics V: Arguing with the Philosophers will take place September 27-28 here at the Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, campus. These “arguments” with the philosophers lead back 500 years to Luther and his contemporaries.

“Most assume that Luther and his followers were totally opposed to Aristotle, the Scholastics and the entire philosophical tradition,” Dr. John G. Nordling, professor of Exegetical Theology and director of the Lutheranism & the Classics series, explained. “A closer look reveals, however, that that assumption may be overblown. A fresh look is in order, and we’ve assembled an all-star cast of professional philosophers, classicists and theologians to reassess the evidence and go where it leads. Together with the scintillating papers and conversation there shall be worship, a Latin Choral Vespers by the Indiana Wesleyan University Early Music Ensemble and Gemütlichkeit in abundance. This promises to be our best conference yet!”

The conference is academic in nature, shaped around the presentation and discussion of sectional papers. Four keynote speakers will present the following:

  • “Illumination, Healing and Redirection: A Lutheran Philosophy of Reason”
    • Dr. Angus Menuge, Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, Wisconsin
  • “Aristotelianism in Latin Fourth Century Defenses of Nicaea”
    • Dr. Sarah Byers, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
  • “What Martin Luther Saw in Plato”
    • Dr. E. Christian Kopff, The University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
  • “Double Truth? Daniel Hofmann and the Discussion on the Relation of Theology and Philosophy”
    • Dr. Roland Ziegler, CTSFW, Fort Wayne, Indiana

To view either the basic schedule or the more detailed sectionals schedule (which includes the abstracts for all 20 papers), go to www.ctsfw.edu/Classics. You can also register online at this site, or mail in your registration form included in the brochure. Registration closes September 14, two weeks before the conference begins.

Registration costs $120 for regular admission, $60 for Classical Lutheran Educators (CCLE members), $45 for university students, $30 for high school students, $30 for just a banquet ticket (which is included in the cost of all other registrations), and is free for both CTSFW and CSL students. For any additional questions or concerns, please email Retreats@ctsfw.edu or call 260.452.2204.