Lutheran Theology 101

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A few weeks ago, I was asked by blogger Tylor Standley to answer a few basic questions about the Lutheran tradition for a summer series he was planning. “Voices From the Branches” (clever title!) launched last week with a post on the Roman Catholic Tradition, continued this week with my post.  Here is an excerpt: [Read More...]

Honorable Mention: Lutheran Heritage Chair Kit Kleinhans

Kit Kleinhans

Today is Reformation Day, when Lutherans mark a moment when the good Dr. Martin Luther himself posted his Ninety-Five Theses, “A Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences,” on the door at Wittenberg in 1517.  At Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, they are marking a new era in Lutheran studies and the college’s commitment [Read More...]

Justice for Chelsea? Lutheran Theology and Trans*Activism

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As the trial of Private Manning concluded this August, the convictions on more than 20 counts turned out not to be the big story for many.  Through lawyers, she issued a statement about her gender identity along with a request for the media to use her preferred name, Chelsea: “As I transition into this next [Read More...]

Me & Oz

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The following is an excerpt from a piece that my husband, Mark Schelske, wrote over at Fantasy Matters last week.  It’s his take on why I love The Wizard of Oz, and he makes a connection between that love and my second book, Two Reformers. In sum, Caryn’s book compares a 20th century feminist academic, [Read More...]

Happy Reformation Day!

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Just for fun, on this day that Protestants (oh who are we kidding, it’s mostly the Lutherans) mark the moment when Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses, “A Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences,” on the door at Wittenberg, I share the closing scene from my 2007 book, Two Reformers: Martin Luther and [Read More...]

Getting Theological: Being Human

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This is the second in my series of posts “Getting Theological.”  The first, on God, was in direct response to Tony Jones’ challenge to progressive theo-bloggers to do more theology in public. Like my other post, I frame this one with words that help me articulate what I believe it means to be human.  The [Read More...]


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