Lutheranism & the Classics
Carl L. Beckwith is Associate Professor of History and
Doctrine at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama. He
holds degrees from St. Olaf College (B.A.); Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
(M.Phil.); Yale Divinity School (M.A.); and the University of Notre Dame
(Ph.D.). Dr. Beckwith’s research interests include the Trinitarian and
Christological thought of the Early Church Fathers, the appropriation of
Patristic thought by the Lutheran Reformers and Lutheran theology.
His publications include Hilary of
Poitiers on the Trinity (Oxford, 2008); Johann Gerhard, Handbook of
Consolations (Wipf & Stock, 2009); and Ezekiel and Daniel,
Reformation Commentary on Scripture (IVP, 2012). He is presently writing
the volume on the Trinity for the Confessional Lutheran Dogmatics Series.
In addition to his teaching duties,
Dr. Beckwith serves as pastor of Hope Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Birmingham and
is a regular guest on the radio program Issues, Etc.
David R. Maxwell is Associate Professor of Systematic
Theology at Concordia Seminary,
specializing in patristic Christology and contemporary Christological
He holds degrees from the University
of Texas (B.A., Honors, and a concentration in Greek, 1991); Concordia
Seminary, St. Louis (M.Div., 1995; S.T.M., 1997); Washington University,
St. Louis (M.A.,
Classics, 1995); and the University of Notre Dame (Ph.D., Historical Theology,
2003). His Ph.D. dissertation is entitled, “Christology and Grace in the
Sixth-Century Latin West: The Theopaschite Controversy.”
Dr. Maxwell served as pastor of
Trinity Lutheran Church, Elkhart, Indiana (2003-2004). He frequently plays the
organ and preaches at Lutheran congregations in the St. Louis area. He is
Cyril of Alexandria’s Commentary on
John for IVP.
P. E. Springer is Professor in
the Department of English and the Classical Studies Program at Southern
Illinois University, Edwardsville. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from
Northwestern College and a Master’s in Biblical Languages, as well as his Ph.D.
in Classics, from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Dr. Springer is best known for his
scholarship on the early Christian Latin poet Sedulius, whose collected works
he is in the process of editing, and for his studies of Martin Luther’s
knowledge and use of the classics. His most recent book, Luther’s Aesop,
was published last year by Truman State University Press.
Dr. Springer has received numerous
grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American
Philosophical Society, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and others. He has been
a Fulbright Research Fellow in Belgium and also was awarded a fellowship from
the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to conduct research in Germany.
William C. Weinrich is Professor of Early Church History
and Patristic Studies at
Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort
Wayne, Indiana. He received his Bachelor’s degree (Phi Beta Kappa) from the
University of Oklahoma (1967) and his Master of Divinity degree (M.Div.) from
Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri (1972). With the assistance of a
fellowship from the LWF, Dr. Weinrich studied under Bo Reicke and Oscar
Cullmann at the University of Basel, Switzerland, and received the degree of
Doctor of Theology (D.Theol.) from that university (1977).
He has been a faculty member of
Concordia Theological Seminary since 1975 and
served as Dean of Graduate Studies and Academic Dean. He was editor of
the volume on Revelation in the Ancient Christian Commentary Series and
recently published full translations of two ancient Greek commentaries
Andrew of Caesarea) and of four
ancient Latin commentaries (Victorinus, Apringius, Caesarius of Arles, Bede)
for the Ancient Christian Texts series. Dr. Weinrich is currently
working on a commentary on the Gospel of John for the
He has served the LCMS as Third Vice
President and Fifth Vice President, and recently served the Lutheran Church of
Latvia as Rector of the Luther Academy (2007–2010).