Concordia Experience


Reformation 500 Symposium

March 20, 2017
7 p.m.
CUC Campus - Chapel of Our Lord

Join the discussion as nationally known experts in the fields of history, theology, catechesis, the fine arts, education, and politics lead an informed discussion on the Reformation’s impact and ongoing legacy throughout the Church and world. A collegium of scholars will be on campus, including; Larry Rast from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne; Mickey Mattox from Marquette University; Mary Jane Haemig from Luther Seminary, St. Paul; Ron Rittgers from Valparaiso University; Vincent Bacote from Wheaton College; and Kurt Stadtwald from CUC who will lead the discussion.

It is appropriate that Concordia-Chicago holds such an event. The Reformation began at a university. Martin Luther was a popular professor of theology at Wittenberg in 1517 and remained so his whole life.[1] It was also in the university setting where the movement was debated, challenged, but ultimately sustained and propagated globally. The life of the Church and of higher education have been inexorably linked for 500 years. 


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Mickey Mattox 

MICKEY MATTOX | Marquette University 

Mickey L. Mattox is professor of historical theology at Marquette University, where he also directs the graduate program in Luther Studies in a Catholic Context. Mattox earned the Ph.D. in Religion at Duke University. He is the author of many articles and several books, including “Defender of the Most Holy Matriarchs”: Martin Luther’s Interpretation of the Women of Genesis (Brill, 2003). He serves as Associate Editor for the massive Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion: Martin Luther, scheduled for public release at the International Luther Congress in Wittenberg, Germany in August 2017.

 Mary Jane Haemig

MARY JANE HAEMIG | Luther Seminary, St. Paul 

Mary Jane Haemig has taught Luther and Reformation studies at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN, where she is a professor of church history, since 1999. Prior to that she taught for five years at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA. She received her doctorate in the History of Christianity from Harvard Divinity School in 1996. She is associate editor and book review editor of Lutheran Quarterly, associate editor of the Dictionary of Luther and the Lutheran Traditions, and a member of the continuation committee for the International Luther Research Congress.

 Ron Rittgers

RON RITTGERS | Valparaiso University 

Ronald K. Rittgers (B.A., Wheaton College; M.T.S., Regent College; Ph.D., Harvard University) holds the Erich Markel Chair in German Reformation Studies at Valparaiso University, where he also serves as professor of history and theology. He is the author of two monographs: The Reformation of the Keys: Confession, Conscience, and Authority in Sixteenth-Century Germany (Harvard University Press, 2004); The Reformation of Suffering: Pastoral Theology and Lay Piety in Late Medieval and Early Modern Germany (Oxford University Press, 2012). He has recently served as the President of the American Society of Church History.

 Vincent Bacote

VINCENT BACOTE | Wheaton College 

Vincent Bacote (Ph.D., Drew University) is an associate professor of theology and the director of the Center for Applied Christian Ethics at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. He is author of The Political Disciple: A Theology of Public Life (2015) and The Spirit in Public Theology: Appropriating the Legacy of Abraham Kuyper (2005). He is a fellow of the Center for Public Justice, and a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Christian Ethics. He lives in Glen Ellyn, IL with his family.

 Lawrence Rast

LAWRENCE RAST | Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne 

Rev. Dr. Lawrence R. Rast Jr. serves as the 16th president of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN, and professor of American Christianity and American Lutheranism. He joined the Department of Historical Theology in the fall of 1996 after serving as pastor of Ascension Lutheran Church, Madison, TN. In 2003, he earned his Ph.D. in American Church History from Vanderbilt University. He is the chairman of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod Commission on Theology and Church Relations (CTCR) on which he has served since 2006.

 Kurt Stadtwald

KURT STADTWALD | Concordia University Chicago 

Dr. Stadtwald received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1991, and has written on the politics of Reformation-era German humanists and Martin Luther’s polemical writings. He is professor of history and currently chair of the Department of History, Philosophy and Political Science at Concordia University Chicago.

[1] Paul F. Grendler in Hans J. Hillerbrand (ed.) Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation, vol. 4, p. 199
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