LutheranPhilosopher

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Here is the link to enroll in my open, free MOOC, "Philosophy KATA CHRISTON: A Pastor's Guided Introduction to Philosophy:" It's currently in self-paced or in "static" mode. This way, you can get at all six presentations (including discussions with several of my brother Lutheran pastors), and my three Socratic mini-dialogs on knowledge (read by some of my favorite CUW philosophy grads) anytime!  It's just that none of the interactive essay, discussion, badge, or feedback features of the course are unavailable.


http://onlineinfo.cuw.edu/go/philosophy-mooc



Welcome!


     I am Professor of Philosophy at Concordia University Wisconsin, a Midwestern U.S. 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.


     My 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 should 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 parish experience and nearly 40 years in the public ministry. I am rostered 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; for the last quarter century-plus in the classroom and in international teaching and lecturing as well. 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, winsome, and good. 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 more accessible thinking on this.

   

     The central concept for me is that of the human being. Reductionist notions of the human being are the bane of ethical thinking and living in our day. For some time now, I have been articulating an existential and phenomenological understanding of human being (see my book Wednesday's Child) that further develops Martin 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, ral-life application.


     I'm currently writing a book titled Christ the Life: Four Briefings on Biomedical Ethics and Suffering for the Thoughtful Pastor 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 and some of my other projects, please keep an eye on my current LutheranPhilosopher blog series on this site.


Rev Gregory P Schulz, DMin, PhD

 

Specialties

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.

 

Nota bene, the thoughts expressed in my writing online and in print 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 expressed by other contributors or sources that show up here are their own, of course. I assert and reserve my intellectual property rights to my own work published, linked or archived on or via this site. GPS