Lutheranism and the Classics V: Arguing with the Philosophers
September 27-28, 2018
St. Paul exhorts the redeemed not to be made captive by philosophy and vain deceit in accordance with human tradition (Col. 2:8, 1 Tim. 6:20; Eph. 5:6 and Matt. 15:2), and it has been assumed that Dr. Luther loathed Aristotle and Scholasticism. Or did he? A closer look reveals that Luther and the reformers actually knew quite a bit about the ancient philosophers and made ample use of them. These and other matters will be discussed at the conference to be hosted by Concordia Theological Seminary under the theme, “Arguing with the Philosophers.” The conference features three plenary papers, a banquet address, and 20 sectional presenters on such themes as Ciceronian impulses in Luther’s approach to natural law, Aristotle and Cicero in Luther’s Tischreden, the medieval culture of disputation, what Christians can learn from Plato in godly repentance, how Christian children might learn Logic, and the use of Greek and philosophy in modern alumni relations. Latin will be used in three worship settings. Three pedagogical papers in the final session are designed especially for Lutheran teachers, classical educators and homeschoolers. A discount shall be given to registrants who belong to the Consortium of Classical Lutheran Educators (CCLE). The conference celebrates Lutheranism’s engagement with the philosophers of the past, and contemplates their value for the propagation of the faith to present and future generations.
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