Lutherjahrbuch 2013

On the New Year’s Eve, the mail brought me the new Lutherjahrbuch 2013 with all papers and seminar reports of our Congress in Helsinki 2012. I spent the first days of New Year reading this 380-page volume, noting how many interesting things I can only now learn from our Congress.

My sincere thanks to all of you for your intellectual effort, and in particular to Prof. Christopher Spehr, the new editor of Lutherjahrbuch, for his effective work with the volume. You can order the Lutherjahrbuch from the German Luther-Gesellschaft or from the publishing house Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht.

End of 2013

Three highlights of this year remain in my mind:

– the visit to Oxford in February, with memorable lectures in St Benet’s Hall and C.S. Lewis Society

– the trip with seven doctoral students and post-docs to Heidelberg, Strasbourg and Leuven in June, with lots of fascinating seminars and sightseeings

– the decision of the Academy of Finland to establish a Centre of Excellence “Reason and Religious Recognition” under my direction, operating from 2014 to 2019

I have met so many interesting people and gained so many intellectual insights that I feel myself deeply privileged. I now wish everybody a peaceful Christmas and a Good New Year!

I have now updated most of my raw material regarding publications, Luther studies and Lutheran-Orthodox site until 2013. Some interpretative items are still missing, e.g. a brief description of ongoing L-O dialogues (but the basic data about them has been added until this day). Most of the fulltexts to TUHAT have been added, some of them (dating from 2011, 2012) will have their embargo lifted on January 1, 2014. I welcome all kinds of suggestions, please communicate them primarily to my Helsinki email account.

I have spend much of today in updating this website contents, especially Finnish Luther and Lutheran-Orthodox sites. Much is still missing but there is a firm commitment to do the updates until today properly. As I’m spending the next week in Leuven libraries, I can browse through materials effectively.

My new website opens

Dear all,

I am right now opening my new website in this address. Welcome! My old website at will stop working at Christmastime 2013. All relevant materials from that are now being transported here, with lots of updates slowly coming, especially to the Luther Studies in Finland and Lutheran-Orthodox Dialogue sites.

This new site works in tandem with the TUHAT website in which University of Helsinki scholars document their research work. While TUHAT organizes these materials chronologically, my sites Books, Collected Studies and Julkaisuja enable a thematic approach to my research.

My hope is that I can add one post per week to this “Home” section, describing my ongoing activities. Let us see how well I can follow this commitment!