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CTS welcomes Dr. Gene Veith and Cranach Institute to campus

Jayne Sheafer
Public Relations Officer
Concordia Theological Seminary

03 March 2004

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (CTS) —Wednesday, March 17, 2004, will mark the beginning of a new era for the Cranach Institute, under the direction of Dr. Gene E. Veith, as it makes its home on the campus of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. “Concordia Theological Seminary is delighted to become the home for the Cranach Institute,” said Dr. Dean O. Wenthe, President, CTS. “Our interest in its mission and its desire to hold up Christianity with compelling clarity coincides perfectly with the training and formation of future pastors.”

The purpose of the Cranach Institute is explained in its mission statement, “The Cranach Institute sponsors programs, conferences, and research projects to help students, pastors, and laypeople engage the critical issues of the day and exert Biblical influence in the marketplace of ideas.” Dr. Veith explains, “We want the Lutheran Church to have a stronger voice in the public square and within Christendom, and for Lutheran Christians to understand the Doctrine of the Two Kingdoms and the Doctrine of Vocation. Grasping the rich, liberating truths of the Doctrine of Vocation can mean stronger families, a sense of meaning in one’s work, effective Christian citizenship, and stronger churches.”

Dr. Veith, Director of the Institute, is a well-known and frequently published author. Some of his recent works include: The Spirituality of the Cross: The Way of the First Christians, Christianity in an Age of Terrorism, and God at Work: Your Christian Vocation in All of Life. He is also the Cultural Editor for World magazine. He will be installed as a commissioned minister on the CTS staff during worship service at Kramer Chapel on March 17. His duties will include directing the various events sponsored by the Cranach Institute.

Working with Dr. Veith will be Dr. Angus Menuge, Associate Director of the Cranach Institute. He is a member of the faculty at Concordia University, Mequon, Wis., where he serves as an Associate Professor of Philosophy. “The distinguished staff of Dr. Gene Veith and Dr. Angus Menuge will bring wonderful strengths in literature and philosophy to our campus,” commented Dr. Wenthe.

After the chapel service on March 17, Dr. Menuge will present a copy of his new book, Agents Under Fire, to Prof. Robert V. Roethemeyer, Director of Library and Information Services at CTS. The book has been described as a fascinating defense against scientific materialism and the only book-length study relating Intelligent Design to contemporary issues in the philosophy of mind. “The presence of the Cranach Institute on the campus of Concordia Theological Seminary and the voices of its authors in our library collection afford us a fresh opportunity to engage worlds of knowledge beyond theology. We are honored to have Dr. Angus Menuge’s new book as our guide into the world where the philosophy of mind, theology, and Intelligent Design interconnect,” said Prof. Roethemeyer.


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