|Luther as Apologist
| Christian’s delight in assertions. They adhere, affirm, confess, and maintain the assertions—the faith—once delivered to the saints. There are times, however, that a bold confession requires more than just mere assertion. “When you have to engage the Jews and Turks,” Luther wrote, “you must use all your cleverness and effort and be as profound and subtle a controversialist as possible, for then you are in another area.” It is in this arena, in dealing with the claims of Jewish and Islamic theology, that the reformer employed the tactics of the apologist and made his mark on the defense of the faith.
A Special Thank You To
DR. ADAM FRANCISCO earned his DPhil from Oxford University. He has written and edited a variety of works from the book Martin Luther and Islam, Where Christ is present to Making the Case for Christianity: Responding to Modern Objections, Resurrection: Fact. and is currently Professor of History and Political Thought at Concordia University (Irvine, California). Prior to joining the faculty in 2007 where he teaches Islamic studies in the PhD program as well as several graduate electives in Christian apologetics, he served as Assistant Professor of History at Concordia College, New York (2005 – 2007). Before that, he was the Albin Salton Fellow at University of London’s prestigious Warburg Institute (2004 – 2005).
Dr. Francisco received his BA in Biblical Languages (2000) and MA in Reformation Theology (2001) from Concordia University (Irvine, California) and MSt (2003) and DPhil (2006) in Historical Theology and Christian – Muslim Relations from the University of Oxford.
Dr. Francisco is a member of the Association for the Study of Middle East and Africa, the Sixteenth Century Society, the International Society for Christian Apologetics, and sits on the editorial committee of the Concordia Theological Quarterly. He is also the author of Martin Luther and Islam: A Study in Sixteenth-Century Polemics and Apologetics, co-editor of Theologia et Apologia: Essays in Reformation Theology and Its Defense (2007), and a contributing scholar for Modern Reformation magazine.
He lives with his wife Rachel and four children in San Juan Capistrano, California where he loves to lift weights and underwater spearfish in his free time.