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Summer Workshop: Professor Elowsky in Seymour, IN
An Introduction to the Early Church
Many people are unfamiliar with the early church and the contributions it has made to what we believe, teach and confess today. Often the assumption is, at least among Lutherans and Protestants more generally, that the church after the time of the apostles doesn’t have a lot to teach us and is not all that important because errors crept into church theology and teaching, which only got worse as the years passed. Most Christians will happily skip over the period of the early church and jump to the time of the Reformation when the pure Gospel was rediscovered, assuming that all the previous ages were in error. This self-induced amnesia neglects the fact that the Holy Spirit has a history throughout the life of His church. This neglect also has led the present day church not only to repeat the errors against which the early church successfully fought, but also to neglect the very roots of existence which can help the church navigate our post-modern world. This workshop will help introduce the participants to some of the key figures and issues prevalent in the early church and will explore their relevance to the church of the 21st century.
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Elowsky has cultivated relationships across the Christian spectrum as a result of his years of work with Dr. Thomas Oden and the Early Christian Commentary Series. In that work he has done great service to the church for helping the church today appropriate the ancient church’s heritage that served as a foundation for Reformation theology. In addition, his work dovetails nicely with the cutting edge research of others here at Concordia Seminary into the history of exegesis.
Registration deadline: August 5, 2019
Contact: Dr. Ralph Blomenberg