Lutheranism and the Classics VI: Beauty
October 1-2, 2020
Lutheranism & the Classics is a biennial conference designed for the language and literary scholar with an interest in the Reformation and Lutheranism’s connection with the Greek and Roman classics, focusing on specific topics for each conference. This 6th biannual conference celebrates Lutheranism’s preoccupation with beauty in the past while contemplating its value for the propagation of the faith to present and future generations.
From the Reformation onward, Lutherans have not only held the languages and literatures of the ancient Greeks and Romans in high regard, but also respected their theories of aesthetics and artistic sensibilities. While Martin Luther came to believe that beauty is found not in an Aristotelian golden mean but rather in God’s own self-giving in Christ Jesus under forms that may seem ugly to unbelief, he valued proportionality, aesthetics, music, and the visual arts as precious gifts of a generous Creator.
The conference will feature three plenary papers, a banquet address, and as many as 15 sectional presenters on such themes as Reformation-era perspectives on beauty in Plato and Aristotle, the role of images in the Early Church, the strange beauty of the cross, beauty in Orthodoxy, Pietism, and Rationalism, how Christian children might learn aesthetics, and iconolatry and iconoclasm. Latin will be used in three worship settings, with three pedagogical papers in the final session designed especially for Lutheran teachers, classical educators, and homeschoolers. A discount shall be given to the first 10 registrants who belong to the Consortium of Classical Lutheran Educators.