Prof Insights: Faculty-Led Workshop 2021 – Professor Biermann in Grand Junction, CO
Wholly Citizens: Facing the World or How not to Sin the Voting Booth
Martin Luther carefully distinguished between the work of God in the realms of church and state, and his successors have come to term the distinction “the two kingdoms.” Unfortunately, what Luther taught and what is practiced by his followers too often have little in common. A careful study of Luther’s teaching will orient participants more adequately to address pressing questions about the right relationship between church and state, the responsibility of the church toward the surrounding culture, the role of the pastor in civil affairs and the role of the ordinary Christian living his or her faith in engagement with the surrounding culture. Contemporary issues will be addressed zealously including elections, shifting understandings of sexual identity and marriage, and the “rights” of Christians. Specific avenues of action will be proposed.
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.