A Lutheran Voice in the Public Square
The Cranach Institute is a research and educational arm of Concordia Theological Seminary devoted to working out the implications of the Lutheran doctrine of vocation and engaging contemporary culture with the truths of the Lutheran confessions.
Christian ideas, emerging out of a Biblical World View, can challenge the weakness of secularism and offer constructive alternatives grounded in the truth of God's Word. Most Christian contributions to current debates are coming from a Catholic or Reformed theological perspective. While these are often helpful, the Lutheran tradition - with its doctrine of Two Kingdoms, its distinction between law and Gospel, and its high view of Word and Sacrament - often approaches these issues differently. In the debates about medical ethics, political activism, educational practices, and the like, the Lutheran voice needs to be heard.
The Cranach Institute seeks to be a forum, a think tank, and a catalyst for these ideas. It will help equip Lutherans to participate in these debates, and sponsor scholarship and activities for the service of the church and the culture as a whole.
The Cranach Institute is committed to the full authority of the Word of God and to the exposition of that Word found in The Book of Concord, the collection of Lutheran confessions from which Concordia Theological Seminary draws its name. The Cranach Institute is devoted to continuing the Reformation tradition, which had such a powerful impact on Western Civilization, and applying its insights today.
The Reformation doctrine of Two Kingdoms teaches that God is King, not only in His church through the transforming power of the Gospel, but in the secular realm, even among those who do not know Him. God rules His earthly Kingdom through His power, through natural laws, human vocations, and His righteous Law. Christians are to be citizens of both kingdoms. The Cranach Institute exists to help Christians understand their cultures in a secularist age, so that they can resist the temptations of worldliness, more effectively evangelized the lost, and be equipped for faithful service in the secular arena.
The Lutheran Reformation taught that all vocations - not only the pastoral office but parenthood, citizenship, the workplace, and the exercise of all God-given talents - are callings from God, means by which God works in His earthly kingdom. Cranach Institute seeks to apply the principles of Christian vocation in both of God's Kingdoms.
Who We Are
Dr. Gene Edward Veith
Director, The Cranach Institute
Phone: (262) 375-0782
Gene Edward Veith, Jr., is the Culture Editor of WORLD MAGAZINE. He was formerly Professor of English at Concordia University Wisconsin, where he has also served as Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences. He is the author of numerous books, including Postmodern Times: A Christian Guide to Contemporary Thought and Culture, The Spirituality of the Cross: The Way of the First Evangelicals, and God at Work: Your Christian Vocation in All of Life.
Postmodern Times received a Christianity Today Book Award as one of the top 25 religious books of 1994. He was named Concordia's Adult Learning Teacher of the Year in 1993 and received the Faculty Laureate Award as outstanding faculty member in 1994. He was a Salvatori Fellow with the Heritage Foundation in 1994-1995 and is a Senior Fellow with the Capital Research Center. He was given the layman’s 2002 Robert D. Preus Award by the Association of Confessional Lutherans as “Confessional Lutheran of the Year.”
Dr. Veith was born in Oklahoma in 1951. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1973 and received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Kansas in 1979. He has taught at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College and was a Visiting Professor at Wheaton College in Illinois. He was also a Visiting Lecturer at the Estonian Institute of Humanities in Tallinn, Estonia. He and his wife Jackquelyn have three grown children and live in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.
Dr. Angus Menuge
Director, The Cranach Institute
Phone: (262) 243-4249
Dr. Angus Menuge was born in England and became a US citizen in February 2005. He holds a BA in philosophy from Warwick University, a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a DCA in apologetics from the International Academy of Apologetics, Evangelism and Human Rights, Strasbourg, France He is an adult convert to
the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Dr. Menuge is currently Professor of
Philosophy at Concordia University Wisconsin. Dr. Menuge's research
interests include philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, Christianity
and culture, and apologetics. He is the editor of C. S. Lewis: Lightbearer
in the Shadowlands (Crossway, 1997), Christ and Culture in Dialogue (CPH,
1999), and Reading God's World: The Scientific Vocation (CPH, 2004). He is
also the author of Agents Under Fire: Materialism and the Rationality of
Science (Rowman and Littlefield, 2004) and the Bible study, Science and the
Savior (CPH, 2004). Off duty, he enjoys the company of a group of fellow
Christian professors named for the Oxford group of C. S. Lewis and J. R. R.
Tolkien, "the Inklings."
Curriculum Vitae: Dr. Menuge's CV (PDF)