In The Diaconate of the Ancient and Medieval Church, eminent Wittenberg law professor Caspar Ziegler (1621–90) provides contemporary church workers and students of history with a detailed description of how Christians have shown mercy to a lost and dying world from apostolic times to the Reformation. Ziegler’s detailed study engages at least 500 primary sources to illustrate expertly the life of the Church as recorded and discussed by interpreters of canon law. His research explains the underlying tradition of the Lutheran Confessions and helps answer why and how particular practices and offices developed and changed from the early church through the Reformation era. Indeed, by showing differences between Western and Eastern traditions, Ziegler points out medieval problems that helped lead to the Reformation. Ziegler appraises the Lutheran tradition in light of the greater Western context, resulting in a greater appreciation of both. [Read more…] about The Diaconate in the Ancient Church
The second “Lutheranism and the Classics” conference at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. (Sept. 28–29, 2012) presents an opportunity to consider what the wisdom and literature of the ancient past can contribute to Christian faith and life today. CPH editor Dr. Benjamin Mayes will be at the conference, and looks forward to meeting you. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to schedule a meeting.
CPH authors presenting research papers in the conference include: