On August 29, 2017 Dr. Andrew Bartelt gave a lecture as part of the Lutheran Heritage Lecture Series. His lecture, “After 500 Years, Does Lutheranism Still Matter?” covered the topic of Lutheran theology in the context of today’s society and culture. He described the changes and challenges Lutheranism faces in this culture. Then he worked to prove his thesis, “We(Lutherans) are well equipped to handle socio-cultural change, but we have to engage the strengths of our own theology with confidence and not fear(of losing it).” His three main points for proving this consisted of our ability to link the past and future, Lutheranism is vibrant and needed, and the description of Lutheran theology as creedal, confessional, and creative.
This lecture offered an insight on how connected Lutheranism is to society and today’s culture. This semester the focus is on how we exist as humans and Christians while still being connected to other humans. This lecture showed that there is still a place for Christians, specifically Lutherans, in today’s society. This is especially important as we move forward and culture shifts and Lutherans look to connect the past to the future in a way that is relatable to people living in this society.
I thought the lecture was very insightful, and gave good ideas to keep in mind as we continue through this semester. Dark also alluded to a similar concept of us being the connecting factor between the past and the future. This hits home for me because this semester I am also studying church history and it is important to take concepts from the past and see what works and does’t work as I move forward in church work.