Thursday, Feb 20, 2020
1:30pm - 3:30pm
Dr. Daniel Maoz
Positive contributions of Martin Luther include deep and effective commitment to informal and formal education as well as encouragement of personal individuation. Were anti-Semitism and bigotry against Jews and Muslims Luther’s only notable legacies, Lutheranism would have rightly failed or been marginalized centuries ago. Nor would Waterloo Lutheran Seminary have changed its name to Martin Luther University College. While many of Luther’s flaws can be contextualized in a world that has evolved beyond certain acceptable bigoted perspectives, they require addressing and correcting in order that the benefits of his life contribution remain valid and efficacious in Western Civilization today.
Dr. Daniel Maoz is Jewish by birth, learning of his Jewish heritage at Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1996-1997, followed by a bar mitzvah at the Western Wall. Daniel’s MA thesis is on “Luther’s Use of Scripture.” He married a Lutheran, and is a member of both Orthodox and Reform Jewish congregations.