Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop 2021 – Professor Biermann in Dublin, OH
Beauty and Christian Witness
The true, the good and the beautiful: From the time of the ancient Greeks and then down through the Middle Ages, these were considered the three transcendentals — the three properties of being that lift humans out of mere existence into a greater way of living. Many Christian thinkers and theologians have considered the three transcendentals to be expressions and extensions of God’s own essence. While Lutheranism has not typically exploited the transcendentals as key aspects of the theological task, it has nevertheless devoted intense effort to at least one of the three and is not entirely opposed to a second. In the pursuit of faithful doctrinal precision, Lutherans acknowledge the importance of truth and grant a place for ethics in Christian living, which affirms the good. This workshop will seek to begin to remedy that lack and will provide an introduction and exploration of the role of beauty within Christian confession and witness to the world.
Professor of Systematic Theology and Waldemar A. and June Schuette Professor of Systematic Theology, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
Dr. Joel Biermann is known for his clear articulation of theology and no-nonsense approach to today’s questions. Having completed his first book on virtue ethics, he is now nearly finished on a book dealing with the two kingdoms distinction in today’s world (hence the above topic!). With this workshop, participants will learn more about his latest research.
|Day one||1-4 p.m.|
|Day two||9-11:30 a.m.|
|Day three||9 a.m.-noon|
Note: The schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the workshop presenters.