In 1520 the best-selling author, theologian, and professor of the Bible, Martin Luther, wrote:
A Christian is a perfectly free lord of all, subject to NONE.
A Christian is a perfectly dutiful servant of all, subject to ALL.
Come and listen to Dr. Mark U. Edwards as we learn how this seemingly contradictory notion of Christian FREEDOM upended Catholic practice and belief in the 16th century (Talk 1) and can add depth to Christian life in the 21st century (Talk 2).
Saturday, November 11, 2017
8:45 am: Registration
9:30 am: Talk 1
10:20 am: Break
11:00 am: Talk 2
Presenter: Dr. Mark U. Edwards
Retired Adviser to the Dean of Harvard Divinity
Former President of St. Olaf College
Mark U. Edwards, Jr., became Professor of the History of Christianity at HDS in 1987, after teaching at Wellesley College and Purdue University. He was at HDS until July 1994, when he became the ninth president of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. In 2000 Edwards stepped down from the St. Olaf presidency and moved to New Hampshire. He returned to HDS in May 2003.
Edwards has written four books and numerous articles on Martin Luther and the German Reformation. The most recent book, entitled Printing, Propaganda, and Martin Luther (University of California Press, 1994; reprint, Fortress Press, 2005), deals with the West’s first “mass media campaign” and Luther’s pivotal role as both subject and object in the struggle for the hearts and minds of sixteenth-century Christians.
When at St. Olaf, Edwards turned his research interests toward religious perspectives in American higher education. In addition to chapters and articles on this topic, he has published Religion on Our Campuses: A Professor’s Guide to Communities, Conflicts, and Promising Conversations (Palgrave, 2006), which asks faculty to ponder the appropriate role of religion on campus. He is now at work on “Academic Culture and Religion (Or Why Faculty Have Problems with Religion),” which explores the development of academic culture in America and its conflicted relationship with religion, especially Christianity.
Edwards has taught introductory courses in computer science at Wellesley and Purdue and has developed three commercial software programs, including ForComment, a pioneer “groupware” product that was designated one of the best products of 1987 by PC Magazine.