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Dr. Oswald Bayer will deliver Lutheran Heritage Lecture

Posted Feb 7, 2012

On March 26, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago welcomes the Rev. Dr. Oswald Bayer, professor emeritus of systematic theology at the University of Tübingen, Germany, as he presents the 2012 Lutheran Heritage Lecture, “A Public Mystery.” The free public lecture begins at 11:30 a.m. in LSTC’s Common Room.

Dr. Bayer says of his topic, “The word of God, which remains forever (Is. 40:8), enters the public realm, apocalyptically, and yet it remains a mystery. The mystery is that of the divine name, which unlike all other mysteries, especially the agonizing mystery of evil and the hardness of heart, is not a riddle that once solved is put aside. It is the mystery of the eternally rich, living and therefore inexhaustible God.”

Ascertaining the place and task of Lutheran theology

Dr. Bayer is a champion of a Lutheran theology that is creative and eager to engage philosophical thought. His life’s work has been the exploration of the often polemical engagement of Reformation theology with modern thought. He is particularly engaged in research on Martin Luther and Johann Georg Hamann and serves as the academic leader of the Luther Academy Sondershausen-Ratzeburg. He is particularly concerned to ascertain the place and task of Lutheran theology in our time.

Vitor Westhelle, LSTC professor of Systematic theology, lauds Professor Bayer as “[o]ne of the most significant and original Lutheran voices of this generation, in both historical and systematic theology.”

Dr. Bayer served as editor of Neue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie from 1986-2006. In 2007, he published Theology the Lutheran Way and Freedom in Response: Lutheran Ethics: Sources and Controversies. He is also the author of Johann Georg Hamann as a Radical Enlightener, recently published by Eerdmans. His Martin Luther’s Theology, A Contemporary Interpretation has been published in German, English, Portuguese and Chinese.

The Lutheran Heritage Lecture series is designed to provide a contemporary perspective on the Lutheran tradition.

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Kurt Hendel
Bernard, Fischer, Westberg Distinguished Ministry Professor of Reformation History

Jan Boden
Director of Communications

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