2019 Trotzendorf Lectures

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Concordia University Chicago
7400 Augusta Street
River Forest, IL 60305

Sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of the Lutheran Liberal Arts (CALLA) at Concordia University Chicago

The Trotzendorf Lectures: Epistemology from a Lutheran Perspective

Epistemology, the philosophy of how we can know things and whether we can be certain about anything, is one of the fundamental issues of pedagogy and theology. Despite its importance, Lutherans have given epistemology very little attention. Through an examination of academic research and dialogue, the Trotzendorf Lectures will examine epistemology from a Lutheran perspective. The topics covered at this year’s event will be further explored at the 2020 Trotzendorf Lectures.

The Trotzendorf Lectures are named for and seek to continue a tradition tracing back to Valentin Friedland Trotzendorf, who was born on February 14, 1490 and died on April 26, 1556. Trotzendorf was a leading Evangelical humanist and educator who worked to integrate orthodox Lutheran theology with sound pedagogy. His Goldberg School Rules were a unique and innovative approach to education and attracted students from across the Evangelical territories.

2019 Event Overview

The 2019 Trotzendorf Lectures will be held concurrently with the Consortium of Classical Lutheran Education Conference July 16-18, 2019. Interested parties may register for that conference here.

This year’s Trotzendorf Lectures will provide an overview of a Lutheran understanding of epistemology, and how it informs various fields of knowledge. 

Presentation topics include:

  • Epistemology in History with Special Reference to Johann Hamann
  • Epistemology and Language
  • Epistemology and Theology
  • Epistemology and Science
  • The Epistemological Mind of the Lutheran

Looking ahead, the 2020 Trotzendorf Lectures will endeavor to allow scholars to react to, and then apply, epistemological principles to education both in the academy and at the grade school level.


 8:00 a.m.8:30 a.m.

 Morning Prayer

 8:30 a.m.8:45 a.m.

 Greetings and Announcements

 8:45 a.m.9:45 a.m.

 Epistemology in History - Dr. Roland Ziegler

 9:45 a.m.10:15 a.m.


 10:15 a.m.11:15 a.m.

 Epistemology and Language - Dr. Gregory Schulz

 11:30 a.m.12:00 p.m.


 12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m. 


 1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.

 Epistemology and Theology - Dr. Jeff Mallinson

 2:00 p.m.2:10 p.m.

 Afternoon Break

 2:10 p.m.3:10 p.m.

 Epistemology and Science - Dr. Ryan MacPherson

 3:10 p.m.3:20 p.m.


 3:20 p.m.–4:20 p.m.

 The Lutheran Mind: Sources and Principles - Dr. Angus Menuge

 4:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

 Vespers, Chapel of our Lord

 5:00 p.m.

 Banquet, Koehneke Community Center


Dr. Jeff Mallinson is a professor of theology and philosophy at Concordia University, Irvine. Focusing on the history philosophy during the Reformation, he earned his doctorate under Alister McGrath at Oxford University. He is the author of several books and articles on topics ranging from sexual ethics to Reformation history. His most recent book is Sexy: The Quest for Erotic Virtue in Perplexing Times. He lives with his wife, Stacie, and two sons, Augustine and Aidan, developing a small farm in rural San Diego County.


Dr. Ryan C. MacPherson serves as the chair of the history department at Bethany Lutheran College, where he has taught courses in history, philosophy, and legal studies since 2003. He holds a PhD in history and philosophy of science from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. MacPherson is the founding president of the Hausvater Project which mentors Christian parents; he also teaches courses in creation apologetics and bioethics for the newly established MA in theological studies program at Martin Luther College. He and his wife Marie (a CCLE certified classical teacher) homeschool their six children.

Dr. Angus Menuge was raised in England and became an American citizen in 2005. He holds a BA in philosophy from Warwick University, and a PhD in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is author of many articles on the philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and Christian apologetics, as well as editor of several collections, including Reading God’s World (Concordia Publishing House, 2004), Legitimizing Human Rights (Ashgate, 2013), Religious Liberty and the Law (Routledge, 2017), and, with Jonathan Loose and J. P. Moreland, The Blackwell Companion to Substance Dualism (Blackwell, 2018). He is past president of the Evangelical Philosophical Society (2012-2018).

Dr. Gregory P. Schulz is a professor of philosophy at Concordia University Wisconsin in Mequon. Ordained in 1982, he has earned doctorates in both theology (DMin from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana) and in philosophy (PhD from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin). Professor Schulz has published articles and reviews on various theological and philosophical topics and is the author recently of Wednesday’s Child: From Heidegger to Affective Neuroscience, A Field Theory of Angst and a second, expanded edition of The Problem of Suffering. His current projects include a book in progress, Zoë-Ethics: The Word of Life for Our Century of Death on Demand. Dr. Schulz and his wife, Paula, a Lutheran teacher and publishing, award-winning Wisconsin poet, live in Slinger, Wisconsin.

Dr. Roland Ziegler joined the faculty of Concordia Theological Seminary (CTSFW), Fort Wayne, in 2000. He serves as the Robert D. Preus Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Confessional Lutheran Studies. Born in the state of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, he studied at the Universities of Tübingen and Erlangen. He received his MDiv in 1993 from the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Oberursel. A scholarship enabled him to study as an exchange student at CTSFW. He received his doctorate in theology from the Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen in 2011. Ziegler has served as a teaching assistant at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Oberursel (1993–1995), a vicar in Berlin (1995–1997), and a pastor in Konstanz (1997–2000).

Event Information

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