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Oswald Bayer

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2012 Heritage Lecture

A Public Mystery

Presented by: Dr. Oswald Bayer, Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology, University of Tübingen, Germany

11:30 a.m., Monday, March 26
LSTC Common Room
1100 East 55th Street, Chicago

Free and open to the public


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.

Oswald 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.

Dr. Bayer served as editor of Neue Zeitschrift für Systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie from 1986-2006. His books include Martin Luther’s Theology, A Contemporary Interpretation, Theology the Lutheran Way and Freedom in Response: Lutheran Ethics: Sources and Controversies, and Johann Georg Hamann as a Radical Enlightener

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

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