Lutheranism & the Classics

LUTHERANISM & THE CLASSICS IV: Listening to the Poets

September 29-30, 2016

The redeemed have always had the triune God’s psalms and poesy upon their lips and in their hearts (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16). But to what other usages has poetry been put in the Church and what relationships have Luther and the reformers enjoyed with the ancient and medieval poets? These and other questions will be discussed at the conference to be hosted by Concordia Theological Seminary under the theme, “Listening to the Poets.”

The conference features three plenary papers, a banquet address and 15 sectional presenters on such sessions as what Virgil taught Luther about writing hymns, Lutheran corrections to medieval hymnody, poetic snatches in Isaiah, how poetry was used in Lutheran pedagogy and why Luther rarely cites Catullus. Most of the papers will be read in Sihler Auditorium, making it possible for registrants to follow the thought progression of the conference.

An added feature this year is that registration includes a copy of our previous conference papers (Lutherans Read History) in an attractive volume edited by scholars associated with Lutheranism & the Classics. Latin will be used in three worship settings, and there will be three practical papers at the end designed especially for Lutheran teachers, classical educators and homeschoolers.

The conference celebrates Lutheranism’s engagement with the poets of the past, and contemplates their value for the propagation of the faith to present and future generations.