Moral Decline in America – Will the Election Matter?
The Bible and Natural Law in Today’s Culture
November 4, 2016
7:00 pm—10:00 pm
Hilton Garden Inn (Map)
4301 James Ray Dr.—Grand Forks, ND
The Road to Reformation Seminar presents foundational themes of the 16th Century Reformation and their relevance to the 21st Century.
Dr. Korey Maas
Professor of History, Hillsdale College
"My aim in the teaching of history is never merely to describe 'change over time' but, with my students, seriously to examine, to debate, and so to understand both the causes and the consequences of change."
Natural Law and the Two Kingdoms:
Sixteenth-Century Wisdom for the Twenty-First-Century World
A “two kingdoms” theology is often recognized as one of the Lutheran Reformation’s great gifts to the world. Much less often recognized is the reformers’ continued embrace of a “natural law” philosophy that long predated the sixteenth century; indeed, many modern Protestants assume that the reformers rejected (or should have rejected) natural law as a relic of pagan or Roman Catholic thought. This presentation will offer, first, a brief definition and explanation of natural law. Next it will demonstrate that the Lutheran reformers did not reject natural law, but instead understood it to be an essential component of their two kingdoms theology. Finally, in explaining why they continued to find natural law teaching both true and helpful, the enduring utility of natural law arguments—in service to each of the two kingdoms, and especially in our contemporary social and political context—will be examined.
Korey D. Maas is Associate Professor of History at Hillsdale College. He previously served a parish in Cambridge, England, and for nearly a decade taught in the theology department of Concordia University Irvine. He has authored or edited four books and numerous journal and magazine articles. He lives in Hillsdale, Michigan, with his wife and four children.
Pastor Chris Rosebrough
Fighting for the Faith, Pastor Kongsvinger Lutheran Church
Chris Rosebrough is the pastor of Kongsvinger Lutheran Church in Oslo, MN, captain of Pirate Christian Radio and host of Fighting for the Faith, a daily theology and apologetics radio program.
Rightly Understanding the Two Kingdoms and the Proper Roles of Church and State
"One cannot understand what is driving the moral decline in the United States and Western Civilization apart from the devastating impact and growth of liberalizing philosophies and skeptical attacks on the authority of scripture from within the walls of the Church. Without a proper understanding of what has brought us to this point there is no possible way of charting a course that will have any hope of turning the tide. In short, we cannot legislate our way out of this problem because true morality within civilization has its roots in the regenerative power of the Gospel rather than state legislation."
Pastor Rosebrough has a degree in religious studies and Biblical languages from Concordia University, Irvine as well as a masters degree in business administration from Pepperdine University and has nearly completed his Masters in Theology from American Lutheran Theological Seminary.
This event is free to the public, preregistration is required, seating is limited.
Reserve Your Room
A limited number of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn are reserved for Seminar Attendees at a substantial discount on a first-come reservation basis through October 4th. Make your reservation today!
Bethel Lutheran Church, Grand Forks ND | Christ the King, East Grand Forks MN | Grace Lutheran Church, Fargo ND | Immanuel Lutheran Church, Radium MN | Kongsvinger Lutheran Church, Oslo MN | Living Faith Free Lutheran, Larimore ND | Lutheran Student Fellowship of NDSU | Ny Stavanger Free Lutheran, Buxton ND | Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Crookston MN | Poplar Lake Lutheran Church, Fosston MN | St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Minot ND | Trinity Free Lutheran Church, Grand Forks ND | United Free Church, Greenbush MN | Wittenberg Chapel (UND) |