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Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, IN


Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, IN

Lutheranism & The Classics VII: Humor


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September 28, 2023 - September 29, 2023

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Lutheranism & the Classics is a biennial conference that focuses on how the classical languages have influenced the Lutheran Church in the past and how Greek and Latin are poised to enrich church, academy, and culture in both the present and the future.

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Address: Concordia Theological Seminary 6600 N. Clinton St Fort Wayne, Indiana 46825

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Luther could be uproariously funny—but so, too, was St. Paul and even the Lord Jesus Christ in his charged encounters with the Pharisees and Sadducees. From the Reformation onward, Lutherans have held not only to the languages and literatures of the ancient Greeks and Romans but also appreciated such under-regarded aspects as irony, ridicule, and even sarcasm. While Luther in some ways rediscovered the Gospel and thus developed such “serious” doctrines as the atonement, the presence of Christ in the means of grace, the priesthood of all believers, and the necessity of godly vocation, he simultaneously was given to outrageous overstatement, scatology, and scornful derision of his many enemies.  

Such ideas will be discussed at the 7th biennial Lutheranism & the Classics Conference, to be hosted by Concordia Theological Seminary under the theme, “Humor.” The conference features three plenary papers, a banquet address, and 24 sectional presenters on such varied themes as Invective and Ridicule in Scripture and at Wittenberg; Satire in Music; Jesus, Preaching, and Scatology; Biblical Banter; Philip Melanchthon on Greek and Roman Comedy; and Erasmus’s Praise of Folly.  Latin will be used in three worship settings, and the three final papers are designed especially for Lutheran teachers, classical educators, and homeschoolers.

For details about speakers, sectionals, and the schedule, see the brochure on this page. 

Questions about this event?

If you have questions about this event we would be glad to answer them. Please send all questions and inquiries to the contact below.

Rev. Dr. John Nordling

• Professor of Exegetical Theology
Phone: (260) 452-3217
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