Martin Luther: A ‘MIGHTY FORTRESS’

A Lecture by Victor Shepherd
Friday, October 13, 7:00 p.m.
Cameron Hall

Victor Shepherd, acclaimed historical theologian, author, pastor and professor at both Tyndale and TST will offer a timely lecture two weeks prior to the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation on Martin Luther, the remarkable leader and catalyst of one of history's great cultural and spiritual transformations.

Martin Luther - his is the name chiefly associated with a movement that changed the church's self-understanding, altered the religious geography of Europe, precipitated colossal book-sales, reconfigured approaches to marriage, hastened the birth of the Jesuit Order (a major aspect of Rome's Counter-Reformation resistance), and launched a theological tradition that continues to thrive. All of this occurred because Luther claimed to have recovered the gospel.

What was the gospel he recovered? And how did it give rise to profound alterations in church, society, and family?

Dr Victor Shepherd expounds the life and work of Martin Luther with a view to acquainting hearers with the Wittenberger's gifts, genius and legacy. 

FREE Admission - Everyone welcome


About the Speaker

Victor Shepherd (born 1944) is a Canadian Presbyterian minister, theology professor and author living in Toronto. Shepherd was ordained into the United Church of Canada in 1970, and left that denomination in the late nineties and joined the Presbyterian Church in Canada. He has served four pastorates in New Brunswick and Ontario. He is the author of several books and journal articles.

Shepherd earned his Th.D. from Emmanuel College, University of Toronto, in 1978. In 1995 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, N.Y., in recognition of his contribution to Wesley studies.

Shepherd was Adjunct Professor in the Department of Church History, Emmanuel College, University of Toronto, the Department of Religious Studies, McMaster University and the Department of Religious Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland. A frequent lecturer, he has addressed learned societies both in Canada and abroad, such as the North American Calvin Studies Society and the Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies. He holds the position of Professor Ordinarius at the University of Oxford.[2]

Shepherd joined the Tyndale faculty in 1993 and is Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Tyndale University College and Seminary, and Adjunct Professor of Theology at Toronto School of Theology (University of Toronto), supervising PhD comprehensive examinations and dissertations on themes related to the Protestant Reformation and to the tradition arising from it. At Tyndale University College and Seminary Victor Shepherd teaches courses in the history and theology of the Sixteenth Century Reformation, the theology of Wesley and the spirituality of the Puritans. In addition he teaches philosophy.

He has served on the board of the Peel Mental Health Housing Coalition and Pathway Community Developments, and is long-time advocate for the mentally ill and the underhoused. He belongs to the Canadian Philosophical Association, the Sixteenth Century Studies Society, the Canadian Methodist Historical Society, the Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium, the Writers' Union of Canada and PEN Canada


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