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Dr. Oswald Bayer

Dr. Oswald Bayer

2012 Heritage Lecture: "A Public Mystery"

Dr. Oswald Bayer

March 26, 2012

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.

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

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About the speaker

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.

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