am Professor of Philosophy at
Concordia University Wisconsin, a Midwestern university that identifies itself as "a Lutheran community of higher learning" where I teach,
challenge, provoke and mentor my fellow human beings to pursue capital-T Truth.
As Roger Scruton puts it, "If a professor tells you that there is no such
thing as truth, or that all truth is relative, he is telling you not to listen
to him. So don't." Couldn't agree more.
guiding question is "What can philosophy do for confessional Lutheran
thinking and what can confessional Lutheran thinking do for philosophy?"
Although I think this conversation ought to include thoughtful persons whatever
the level of their commitment to Lutheran and biblical thinking, I myself hold an unqualified
quia subscription to the Lutheran Confessions. I've actually made a
public promise to teach in line with Holy Scripture and the Lutheran
Confessions (in fact, I am an ordained Lutheran pastor with over 35 years in
the public ministry and am a rostered pastor in the confessional Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod).
We sometimes hear that religious piety undercuts our academic pursuit of truth. I accept and even welcome the tension this creates for me, day in and day out, originally in parish ministry; now in the classroom. On the one hand, I come to my intellectual commitments honestly, as the result of my ongoing thinking about Lutheran doctrine, having satisfied myself in regard to the question whether and to what extent (quatenus) it agrees with Scripture. On the other, I find that the Lutheran mode of thought -- in particular, our theology of the cross -- is deeply satisfying and winsome. It is good, beautiful and true, as I love to explain in my teaching, preaching, publishing, and interviewing. See my book The Problem of Suffering, 2nd edition and its companion CD for some of my thinking on this.
central concept for me is that of the human being. Reductionist notions of the human being are the bane of ethical thinking
and acting in our day. I am busy articulating an existential and
phenomenological understanding of human being (see my book Wednesday's
Child) that further develops Luther's theological understanding, for
example, in his 1536 Disputation Concerning Man. Think of this as a richly biblical and Lutheran philosophical anthropology.
This concept of the human being has significant impact on the teaching of
ethics and on our conduct of life together, as indicated in the Forward to Wednesday's
Child by Professor Andrew Tallon of Marquette University. My
book is searchable online at Amazon.com, Wednesday's Child: From
Heidegger to Affective Neuroscience, A Field Theory of Angst. This concern
with our human kind of being is especially crucial just now for my thinking and teaching
ethics and bioethics, but it has wide-ranging application.
I'm currently writing a book titled Z O Ë - E T H I C S: The Word of Life for Our Century of Death on Demand in which I argue that the Incarnation of God Himself in the person of Jesus the Messiah provides the basis of philosophical ethics (best understood as normative thinking that grips us both theoretically and personally). For more on this, please keep an eye on my current LutheranPhilosopher blog series on this site.
Rev Gregory P Schulz, DMin, PhD
Graduate and undergraduate courses in
both Philosophy and Theology
Philosophy: phenomenology and existential thought (AOS), particularly interested in Kierkegaard (including his "second authorship") and the early Heidegger and Wittgenstein; deontological ethics and bioethics in terms of philosophical anthropology (AOI)
Theology: Lutheran doctrine and practice of church and ministry (AOS), with special interest in Bonhoeffer, apologetics and the problem of evil (AOI)
For my academic credentials, academic and ministerial experience, and for personal recommendations please see my LinkedIn profile at http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=97814520&trk=tab_pro.
the thoughts expressed in my writing are my own and do not necessarily reflect
the thinking and practice of the university where I presently teach, and
vice versa, as my university is, after all, a diverse institution. The thoughts
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