The Atheist Who Became a Bishop—Bo Giertz Is a Unique, Broad, and Deep Voice North Americans Need to Hear
June 14, 2021-June 16, 2021
Bo Giertz (1905-1998) served as a rural parish pastor, occasional preacher to the royal court, bishop of the Gothenburg diocese in the Church of Sweden, Vice President of the Lutheran World Federation, and prolific author on every subject imaginable. It would be no overstatement to say that Giertz—in productivity, accessibility of style, and influence—is the Swedish, pastoral, confessional Lutheran parallel to C.S. Lewis. Giertz’s works include The Hammer of God, The Message of the Church in a Time of Crisis, Preaching from the Whole Bible, To Live with Christ, Christ’s Church, The Knights of Rhodes, Then Fell the Lord’s Fire, With My Own Eyes, and A Year of Grace. In a churchwide survey in 1999 he was named the most influential Swedish churchman of the 20th century, surpassing such international luminaries as Nathan Söderblom, Gustaf Aulén, Gustaf Wingren, and Anders Nygren. In his vision for the Church, Giertz integrated the vibrancy of doctrinal orthodoxy, the reverence of the traditional high-church liturgy, and the warmth of a sincere low-church piety into a harmonious and unique whole, often synthesizing elements usually thought to be contradicting. This course will sketch the man and pastor, while focusing and merging his views on ecclesiology, pietism, Law and Gospel, the office of the ministry, preaching, Seelsorge/pastoral care, the atonement, and more, as well as engaging significant primary source material as yet untranslated.
Those interested are encouraged to contact the instructor with any questions or concerns before or after the course at EricAndrae@gmail.com or (412) 266-6719.
Grace Lutheran Church
303 Ruth Street
Auburn, MI 48611
Readings link will be emailed with order confirmation.