Disputation for Scholastic Theology

Dr. Michael Allen will deliver an inaugural lecture to mark his appointment on June 1, 2017 by the RTS Board of Trustees as John Dyer Trimble Professor of Systematic Theology.

Lecture title: “Disputation for Scholastic Theology”

Lecture description: “In September 1517, Luther offered 97 theses which were later titled his “Disputation Against Scholastic Theology.” Though they have not garnered the same level of notice as his work the following month regarding indulgences, I will suggest that this earlier disputation ought to catch our attention and will repay our analysis. This lecture will trace his teaching therein regarding sin and grace but then turn to show that his vision of redemption in Christ actually sustains, rather than undercuts, a scholastic approach to theological study. I will seek to sketch a vision of scholastic theology which ties its task to the pursuit of theological discipleship and even intellectual asceticism and which may therefore differ from some lingering assumptions about the practice of systematic theology today.”

The lecture will be held on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 at 10:00a in the Pamplin Chapel at RTS Orlando. 

This lecture is free and open to the public.

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