The "Stephanite"'s lecture was for me a bit anti-climatic. First of all, his lecture style was not really great. He read his notes with his eyes away from the audience. Also, his argument wasn't convincing. The gist of it was something like: "Well, Walther wasn't as good as you thought he was because he tried to kidnap his nephew and niece, and women may have said Stephan slept with them, but the other Church leaders were too quick in their rush to judgment because they were already mad at him for other reasons." The whole discussion was actually quite psychologizing- which makes sense because the guy was a psychologist. This had also the unfortunate effect of being a bit speculative also. Good history doesn't work, in my opinion, by figuring out hidden psychological motives. I found it somewhat amusing that his book was being sold in Loehe Hall and I don't think I observed a single copy move from the table the entire time I was there. I unfortunately couldn't stay for the Q & A and the panel, which I think might have been more interesting. If anyone saw it and it was really something, please post something about it.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Ft. Wayne Symposium.
I just returned the day before yesterday from the Ft. Wayne symposium. It was very nice to see a lot of you there. If you didn't attend, I would encourage you to look up some of the lectures on the internet (I believe they are posted online). There were a number of highlights. Rev. Dr. Ben Mayes gave a well argued reinterpretation of J.A. Grabau's theology of Church and ministry. I especially admired it because of its careful historical methodology and attention to Grabau's use of certain scholastic terminology which was misunderstood by later generations of scholars. I was also pleased with David Scaer's lecture this year about the third use of the law. And of course it was nice to see President Harrison and listen to him preach on the Christological unity of Scripture.