Previous Luther Colloquy Presenters

2012   
Luther and Lutherans on Marriage
Presenters:
John Witte, Jr. – “The Lutheran Reformation of Marriage and Family Law: An Enduring Contribution to the Western Legal Tradition
Christopher Boyd Brown – “The Reformation of Marriage in Lutheran Wedding Preaching”
[The event was cancelled with the closing of the campus due to the Sandy Storm. Presentations will be available in the Spring 2013 Seminary Ridge Review and in an upcoming online class in the Fall of 2013.]


2011
Fifty Years After the Berlin Wall: Luther, Lutherans and Freedom in “Lutherland”
Presenters:
Claudia Bergman – “Rebuilding Lutheran ministry in the land of atheists: Lutherstadt Eisleben”
Scott A. Moore – “Lutherland as the end of modern pilgrimages: strengthening Lutheran identity”
Gunther Gassmann – “Lutherans and Catholics in the Homeland of the Reformation: From Bitter Battles to Common Witness and Celebration." 
Martin Treu – “Did Luther really nail his 90 thesis? Myths and evidence from Wittenberg”
Martin Treu, Dirk Lange, Gunther Gassmann, Claudia Bergmann, Scott Moore, panel discussion – “The price of freedom. Issues of religious and academic freedom, and the Iron Curtain.”


2010
40 years of Luther Colloquy – Luther, Faith, and Prayer
Presenters:
Hans Hillerbrand – “Luther and Social Order”
Denis Janz – "To Hell (and Back) with Luther: The Dialectic of Anfechtung and Faith"
Mary Jane Haemig – “Luther and Prayer”
Eric Gritsch – Sermon


2009
Luther, Cranach and Calvin – Reformation Teams

Presenters:
Steven Ozement – “Cranach, Luther and the Reformation” and “Cranach's Women and the Reformation's Moral-Domestic Front”
Barbara Pitkin – “Calvin, Theology and History”


2008
Luther and Care for Souls
Presenters:
J. Paul Balas – “Pastoral Theology in Luther’s Tradition: A Re-membering”
Philip Krey – “Luther and the Spiritual Lilfe in Lutheran Tradition”
Peter Krey – “Luther’s In-Depth Theology and Theological Therapy”
 

2007
Luther and the Sacrament of the Table

Presenters:
Brian Gerrish – “Luther and the Reformed Eucharist: What Luther Said, or Might Have Said, About Calvin”
Kurt Hendel – “The Finite as a Vehicle of the Divine: Luther’s Defense of the Real Presence”


2006
Luther, war and violence
Presenters:
Stanley Hauerwas
Greg Miller – “Wars of Religion and Religion in Wars: Luther and the 16th Century Islamic Advance into Europe”
Joy Schroeder – “Dismembering the Adulteress: 16th Century Commentary on the Narrative of the Levite’s Concubine”


2005
Luther and the Theology of the Cross
Presenters:
Douglass John Hall – “The Theology of the Cross: A Usable Past”
Vitor Westhelle – “Usus Passionis: On the Use and Abuse of the Cross for Life”
Deanna Thompson – “On Becoming a Feminist Theologian of the Cross”


2004
Luther, Social Justice and Diakonia

Presenters:
Carter Lindberg – “Luther on Government Responsibility for the Poor”
Gerald Christianson – “Lutherans Face the Industrial Revolution: Awakening, Social Justice, and Diakonia”
Jeannine Olsen – “Calvin, Social Justice and Diakonia, a Comparative Perspective”
 


2003

Luther, Genesis and Gender
Presenters:
Kirsi Stjerna – “Grief, Grace and Glory.  Luther’s insights on Eve and Tamar in Genesis”
Jane Strohl – “Mother Knows Best: The Role of the Matriarchs in Luther’s Genesis Commentary”
Kristen Kvam – “Equality in Eden?: Gender Dynamics and Luther’s Lectures on the Creation of Adam and Eve”

 

2002
New Ways to Understand Luther: Finnish and American Perspectives
Presenters:
Sammeli Juntunen -
Risto Saarinen
David Tracy

 

2001
The Significance of Luther and the Lutheran Confessions Today
Presenters:
Birgit Stolt – “Joy, Love and Trust: Basic Ingredients in Martin Luther’s Theology of the Faith of the Heart”
Timothy Wengert – “The Rhetorical Key to the Lutheran Confessions for Faith and Life in Today’s Church”
Kirsi Stjerna – “The Unbearable Lightness of Teaching Luther and the Confessions”

 

2000
Episcopacy in Global Perspective
Presenters:
Gillian Evans
Martin Lind
Manas Buthelezi

 

1999
Justification: Lutherans and Roman Catholics in Dialogue
Presenters:
Margaret O’Gara – “An Exchange of Gifts”
Bruce Marshall
Günther Gassman – “Justification: Much ado about its Right Understanding - But What About Its Pastoral and Ecclesiological Significance?”
Frank Matera

 

1998
Luther and Spirituality
Presenters:
Simo Peura – “The Essence of Luther’s Spirituality”
H. Lawrence Bond  “Bengt Hoffman’s Luther and the Mystics: A Retrospective"
Bernard McGinn
Scott Hendrix
 

1997
Philip Melanchthon
Presenters:
Timothy Wengert
Mary Havens
Walter Bouwman
Scott Hendrix

 

1996
Luther and Judaism
Presenters:
Heiko Oberman – "Luther and the Jews"
Maryanne Horowitz
Michael Cook – “The Jewish Scholar and New Testament Images of Judaism”
Brooks Schramm – “The Christian Scholar and Images of Judaism - Christians and the Old Testament”

 

1995
Luther, Bonhoeffer and public realm
Presenters:
Jane Bethke Elshtain – “Caesar, Sovereignty, and Bonhoeffer”
Robert Benne – “The Lutheran Tradition and Public Theology”
Wayne Whitson Floyd, Jr. – “These People I Have Loved Now Live: Bonhoeffer, Democracy and Public Theology”
panel with Kay Dowhower

 

1994
Luther studies: Where do we go from here?
Presenters:
Bernard Lohse – “Luther and the Common Christian Heritage”
Herman G. Stuempfle, Jr. – “Luther Studies at Gettysburg: Recollections and Anticipations”
Scott Hendrix – “Beyond Erikson: The Relational Luther”

 

1993
Luther, Lincoln, Manifest Destiny
Presenters:
John Headley – “Luther and Manifest Destinies”
Gabor Boritt – “From Wittenberg to Gettysburg: Some Musings on Abraham Lincoln’s Responsibility for the Coming of the Civil War”
Jerald Brauer – “In God We Trust?”

 

1992
Luther, Faith and Human Sexuality
Presenters:
David Steinmetz – “Luther and Tamar”
Rick Carlson – New Testament Perspectives on Human Sexuality”
Karen Bloomquist – “How Adequate is the Category of ‘Natural’ for a Lutheran Sexual Ethic Today?”

 

1991
Luther and Global Christianity
Presenters:
Günther Gassman – “Luther, Lutherans and Global Christianity - A Dissonant Trio?”
Harding Meyer – “World Lutheranism: Movement - Communion - Church”
George Posfay – “The Whole Christian Church on Earth - Luther’s Conception of the Universality of the Church”

 

1990
Luther and Lutheranism in America
Presenters:
Harry McSorley – “Use and Underuse of Luther in the Lutheran/Roman Catholic Dialogues in the United States”
Mark Noll – “Ethinic, American, or Lutheran? Dilemmas for a Historic Confession in the New World”
George A. Lindbeck – “Lutheranism as Church and Movement: Trends in America Since 1980”

 

1989
Luther, Town and Gown
Presenters:
Steven E. Ozment – “The Public Reformation”
Eric W. Gritsch – “Academia and Forum: Luther’s Reformation in Wittenberg”
Carl E. Braaten – “God in Public Life - A Rehabilitation of the Lutheran Idea of the ‘Orders of Creation’”

 

1988
Luther and the Devil
Presenters:
Heiko A. Oberman – “Luther and the Devil”
Mark U. Edwards, Jr. – “Luther and the Servants of Satan”
Robert W. Jenson – “The Evil as Person”

 

1987
Luther and Liberation Theology
Presenters:
George W. Forell – “Luther and Christian Liberty”
José D. Rodriguez – “Theology from the Underside of History: The Perspective of Liberation Theology”
Scott W. Gustafson – “Some ‘Lutheranisms’ in Liberation Theology”

 

1986
Luther, Prayer and Pastoral Care
Presenters:
George Tavard – “Luther’s Teaching on Prayer”
Jane E. Strohl – “Luther and the Word of Consolation”
Herbert W. Stroup, Jr. – “Pastoral Theology: Reformation or Regression?”

 

1985
Luther, Music and Johann Sebastian Bach
Presenters:
Karlfried Froehlich – “Luther’s Hymns and Johann Sebastian Bach”
Almut Rössler – “The Problems of Church Music”
Almut Rössler – “The Protestant Bach and the Catholic Olivier Messiaen”

 

1984
Luther, Humanism and the Educated Pastor
Presenters:
Lewis W. Spitz – “Luther, Humanism and the Word”
James M. Kittelson – “Luther on Education for Ordination”
Herman G. Stuempfle, Jr. – “From Wittenberg to Gettysburg: A Proposal”

 

1983 In Commemoration of Luther’s 500th Birthday
Luther and the Christian Tradition
Presenters:
Otto H. Pesch – “Luther and the Catholic Tradition”
Bernhard Lohse – “Luther and the Protestant Tradition”
Eric W. and Ruth C. Gritsch – “Luther at Gettysburg: A Birthday Party Playlet”

 

1982
Luther, The Church and Christian Unity
Presenters:
Eric W. Gritsch – “The Orthodoxy of Conflict: Luther’s Ecumenism”
John J. Hotchkin – “Koinonia and Exclusivity”
Daniel F. Martensen – “Lutheranism and the Ecumenical Challenge”

 

1981
Luther and the Lord’s Supper
Presenters:
Robert W. Jenson – “Of Another Spirit”
John Reumann – “The Last and the Lord’s Supper”
Gerald Christianson – “With Hearts and Hands and Voices”

 

1980
Luther and the Augsburg Confession
Presenters:
George A. Lindbeck – “Article IV and Lutheran/Catholic Dialogue: The Limits of Diversity in the Understanding of Justification”
Carl J. Peter – “Justification and the Catholic Principle”
Robert W. Jenson – “Quod Supra Nos, Nihil ad Nos (What is Above Us is None of Our Business)”

 

1979 In Commemoration of the 450th Anniversary of Luther’s Catechisms, 1529-1979
Luther and Parish Education
Presenters:
Eric W. Gritsch – “Luther’s Catechisms of 1529: Whetstones of the Church”
W. Kent Gilbert – “Is Parish Education Possible?”
A. Roger Gobbel – “Catechetical Instruction: An Invitation to Thinking”

 

1978
Luther, Baptism and Christian Formation
Presenters:
Leif Grane – “Luther, Baptism, and Christian Formation”
Marilyn J. Harran – “Conversion and Transformation in Luther’s Early Theology”
Robert W. Jenson – “The Return to Baptism”

 

1977
Luther and the Authority of Scripture
Presenters:
David W. Lotz – “Luther on Biblical Authority”
Scott H. Hendrix – “The Authority of Scripture at Work: Exegesis of the Psalms”
Lawrence D. Folkemer – “Word and Witness: What Manner of Authority?”

 

1976
Luther, the Gospel and Human Freedom
Presenters:
Gerhard O. Forde – “Bound to be Free: Luther on the Gospel and Human Freedom”
Avery Dulles, S.J. – “The Meaning of Freedom in the Church”
Leigh O. Jordahl – “Samuel Simon Schmucker and American Lutheranism”

 

1975
Luther, Worship and Liturgical Renewal
Presenters:
Richard R. Caemmerer Sr. – “Luther and Worship”
Eugene L. Brand – “Lutheran Liturgical Renewal: The Pastoral Motif”
Robert W. Jenson – “Toward Reform of the Lutheran Liturgical Tradition”

 

1974
Luther and the Moral Question
Presenters:
George W. Forell – “Luther and Conscience”
Bengt R. Hoffman – “On the Relationship Between the Mystical Faith and Moral Life in Luther’s Thought”
Robert W. Jenson – “The Division of the Moral Person”
Herbert W. Stroup, Jr. – “And So to Close…”


1973

Luther and Ministry
Presenters:
Roland H. Bainton – “Luther: Pastor, Consoler, Preacher”
Eric W. Gritsch – “The Ministry in Luther’s Theological Perspective”
Herbert W. Stroup, Jr. – “Up One Hill and Down Another: A Pastoral Exercise in Pursuit of Luther”
Gerald Christianson – “A Reformation Inventory”


1972

Luther, the Old Testament, and the Task of Preaching
Presenters:
James S. Preus – “From Promise to Presence: The Christ in Luther’s Old Testament”
Jacob M. Myers – “Salvation and Its Consequences in the Old Testament”
Herman G. Stuempfle, Jr. – “How Preachers Should Regard Moses”
Lawrence D. Folkemer – “On Being Freed For”


1971

Luther in America
Presenters:
Jaroslav Pelikan – “Luther Comes to America”
Leigh D. Jordahl – “How Lutheran is American Lutheranism?”
Robert W. Jenson – “The Modernity of Lutheranism”
Eric W. Gritsch – “Reformation 1971 (John 8:31-36)


1970

Luther and Violence
Presenters:
Eric W. Gritsch – “Martin Luther and the Revolutionary Tradition of the West”
Rosemary Ruether – “The Reformer Versus the Radical: The Problematic of Social Change”
Robert W. Jenson – “Violence as a Mode of Language”
Herman G. Stuempfle, Jr. – “Reformation Sermon (Genesis 28:10-22)