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Guest lecturer to present “Arms, Apocalypse, and Apologetics” Nov. 11 at Concordia-Chicago


Dr. Adam S. Francisco will present “Arms, Apocalypse, and Apologetics: Luther's Response to the Ottoman Jihad in Europe” on Monday, Nov. 11 at 4 p.m. The guest lecture is open to the public and will take place in the Kretzmann Hall recital hall on the University’s campus, with a Q&A and a reception to follow.

According to Dr. Francisco, one of the great but often overlooked issues of the Protestant Reformation is the expansion of Islam into central Europe. He notes, “Though initially hesitant to address it, Martin Luther was finally forced to consider how to address Islam when Turkish armies laid siege to the city of Vienna in 1529. His response was multi-faceted, ranging from criticizing the crusades to preparing Christians for life under Turkish rule. He would even be instrumental in the first publication of the Qur'an in Latin.” This lecture looks at the various stages of the Ottoman jihad in Europe and how the first Protestant theologian addressed the challenges it presented.

Dr. Francisco is professor of history and politics at Concordia University Irvine and executive editor for 1517 Publishing. He earned his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford. At Concordia University Irvine, he teaches courses on the history of political thought, the medieval world, geopolitics in the Middle East and North Africa, and a variety of other subjects. He is author of Martin Luther and Islam and has contributed chapters, articles and translations to a number of books and journals on the subject of Islamic theology, the history of Christian and Muslim relations, and historical Christian apologetics.

Concordia-Chicago’s campus is located at 7400 Augusta Street, River Forest, IL. Free off-street parking is available in the University’s parking structure, south of Division Street on Bonnie Brae Place. Handicapped-accessible parking is available in the visitors’ lot adjacent to the north side of the University parking structure.