MOOC on Luther

Among the many contributions to the Reformation Anniversary 2017 I would like to highlight the course “Luther and the West”, prepared by Professor Christine Helmer from the Northwestern University, USA. The course is formed as massive open online course (MOOC) and hosted on Coursera platform: https://www.coursera.org/learn/luther-and-the-west

From the description of the course:

In this course we will discuss the history of some ideas that have been hugely influential in the modern west and that were taken out to the rest of the world. The discussion centers on an extraordinary and historically important figure, a sixteenth century German man named Martin Luther. Luther is recognized today as the originator of many of the most significant ideas that continue to affect and shape who we as modern people are and how we see the world and ourselves for better and for worse.

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Ilmari Karimies and his doctoral thesis

Ilmari Karimies will be defending his doctoral thesis “In your Light we see the Light – Martin Luther’s Understanding of Faith and Reality between 1513 and 1521” on 27th January 2017 at 12 o’clock at the University of Helsinki.

The opponent will be Professor Anna Vind from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Those of you, who cannot join the audience, can still read the thesis, which is available online here: http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-951-51-2880-5.

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Finnish scholars in Oxford Research Encyclopedia on Martin Luther

Several contributions from Finnish Luther scholars have been published in the online version of a new encyclopedia from the Oxford University Press. These include Martin Luther’s Concept of the Human Being by Ilmari Karimies, Martin Luther and Justification by Olli-Pekka Vainio, Martin Luther and Love by Antti Raunio and Emotions and Experience in Martin Luther by Pekka Kärkkäinen. However, there are still more waiting to be published (see the list of forthcoming items here).

For more information on the the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion / Martin Luther, which will come out in printed form during the Reformation year 2017, see http://religion.oxfordre.com/page/martin-luther.

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Vainio and Karimies on Finnish Luther studies

Current issue of Pro Ecclesia offers two interestingly different contributions from the Finnish Luther scholarship. Dr. Olli-Pekka Vainio addresses several recent criticisms against the Finnish positions and offers many helpful clarifications.

Mr. Ilmari Karimies, who will soon be defending his doctoral thesis on Luther, focuses on Luther’s view of God, challenging nothing less than some interpretations of Prof. Mannermaa.

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Luther on Perception and Theological Knowledge

Olli-Pekka Vainio’s contribution in the recent issue of Neue Zeitschrift plunges into Luther’s use of epistemological and psychological theories of his time: 10.1515/nzsth-2015-0005

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Recent contributions

Risto Saarinen has recently published a chapter on  justification in Oxford Handbook of Martin Luther’s theology: ‘Justification by Faith: The View of the Mannermaa School’, in: The Oxford Handbook of Martin Luther’s Theology, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 254-263.

Finnish scholars (Raunio, Saarinen, Kärkkäinen and Karimies) have also written several entries in Das Luther-Lexicon (ed. V. Leppin & G. Schneider-Ludorff, Bückle & Böhm 2014).

In addition to these are also other updates in Risto Saarinen’s bibliography of Finnish Luther studies.

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Luther’s theology 2014

Again during the Spring term in Helsinki, lectures on Luther’s theology will give an overview of the Reformer’s theology. Topics include: theology of love, justification, doctrine of the Trinity, Luther on music etc. Results of the recent Finnish scholarship on Luther’s theology are discussed in the lectures. No previous knowledge on Luther’s theology is required, but we strongly recommend that the student is familiar with the basic facts of Luther’s life before attending the lectures, since Luther’s life is not discussed in detail during the lectures. There are many biographies available on Luther, such as Martin E. Marty, Martin Luther (Viking Penguin, 2004) or Martin Brecht, Martin Luther, 3 vols. (Fortress, 1985-93).

The lectures will take place on Tuesdays, during the Spring term 2014 from January 28th to April 15th. Lecturers will be Dr. Pekka Kärkkäinen and Dr. Olli-Pekka Vainio, University Lecturers in Ecumenical Theology. For more information, see this page.

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Additions in Saarinen’s bibliography

Risto Saarinen has gathered new items of Finnish Luther research and comments on it. The list supplements his larger bibliography with articles and monographs published after 2008. See Saarinen’s blog site for the list: http://blogs.helsinki.fi/ristosaarinen/luther-studies-in-finland/

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Luther’s theology 2013

Annual lectures in Helsinki on Luther’s theology will give an overview of the Reformator’s theology. A special emphasis is laid on such topics as theology and philosophy, theology of love and doctrine of Trinity. Results of the recent Finnish scholarship on Luther’s theology are discussed in detail. No previous knowledge on Luther’s theology is required, but we strongly recommend that the student is familiar with the basic facts of Luther’s life before attending the lectures, since Luther’s life is not discussed in detail during the lectures. There are many biographies available on Luther, such as Martin E. Marty, Martin Luther (Viking Penguin, 2004) or Martin Brecht, Martin Luther, 3 vols. (Fortress, 1985-93).

The lectures will take place on Tuesdays, during the Spring term 2013 from January 12th to May 7th. Lecturer is Dr. Pekka Kärkkäinen, University Lecturer in Ecumenical Theology.

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Lopes Pereira on Augustine and Luther

Jairzinho Lopes Pereira just defended successfully his doctoral thesis “Augustine of Hippo and Martin Luther on Original Sin and Justification of the Sinner” in the University of Helsinki. For more information see: https://helda.helsinki.fi/handle/10138/37844

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