Dr. Dennis Bielfeldt

Ethics, Philosophy, and Religion;

History and Systematic Theology

email: president@ilt.edu

phone: (605) 692-9337

blog: http://disputationes.blogspot.com/

Bio

Dennis Bielfeldt has taught philosophy in higher education for over 30 years. He brings a welcome depth of knowledge of philosophy to the Lutheran faith. He currently serves as the President of the Institute of Lutheran Theology and regularly contributes to theological journals worldwide.

 

Education

• B.S. South Dakota State University (1977)

• M.A. University of Iowa (1984)

• Ph.D. University of Iowa (1987)

 

Experience

  • Professor of Philosophical Theology, Institute of Lutheran Theology, 2016 - Present

  • Emeritus Professor, South Dakota State University (SDSU), 2015 - Present

  • President, Institute of Lutheran Theology, 2009 - Present

  • Executive Director, Institute of Lutheran Theology, 2007 - 2009

  • Professor of Philosophy and Religion, SDSU, 2004 - 2010

  • Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion, SDSU, 1999 - 2004             

  • Graduate Faculty, SDSU, 1996 - 2010

  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion, SDSU, 1995 - 1999

  • Head of Humanities, Grand View College (GVC), 1994 - 1995

  • Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy, GVC, 1990 - 1995

  • Chair of Philosophy and Religion, GVC, 1991 - 1994         

  • Temporary Associate Professor, Iowa State University, 1993 - 1994

  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Bethany College, 1987 - 1990

  • Chair of Philosophy and Religion, Bethany College, 1988 - 1990              

  • Lecturer, University of Iowa, 1987

  • Teaching-Research Fellow, University of Iowa, 1985 - 1986

  • Coordinator of Core Courses, University of Iowa, 1984 - 1985

  • Teaching Assistant, University of Iowa, 1983 - 1984

  • Research Assistant, University of Iowa, 1981 – 1983

 

Publications

Books

  • The Substance of Faith: Luther's Doctrinal Theology for Today.  Co-written with Paul Hinlicky and Mickey Mattox.  (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2008).    

  • Freiheit und Liebe bei Martin Luther.  Beiträge vom “8th International Congress for Luther Research”  in St. Paul, Minnesota, vom 8.-14.  August 1993.  Co-edited with Klaus Schwarzwäller of Göttingen (Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Peter Lang Gmbh, 1995).

 

Academic Articles

  • “Virtue is not in the Head:  Contributions from the Late Medieval and Reformation Traditions for Understanding Virtue Extrinsically,” 77-99, in Habits in Mind: Ethics, Religion and the Science of Virtue, Gregory Peterson, James van Slyke, Michael Spezio & Kevin Reimers, eds., (Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Publishing, 2017)

  • “The Heidelberg Disputation,” 66-120 in The Annotated Luther Series Vol I: The Roots of Reform, gen. ed., Hans Hillerbrand, vol. ed., Timothy Wengert (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015).  

  •  “Theological Realism,” Lutheran Forum 45:3 (Fall 2011), 42-48.

  • “Luther’s Philosophy of Language,” 61-68 in The Devil’s Whore:  Reason and Philosophy in the Lutheran Tradtion, ed. Jennifer Hockenbery Dragseth (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2011).

  • "Luther and Semantic Realism," Lutheran Forum 43:2 (Summer 2009), 31-34.

  • "The Draft Social Statement on Human Sexuality: How not to Derive 'Ought' from 'Is'.  Journal of Lutheran Ethics 2008, http://www.elca.org/JLE/Articles/435

  • Translation of Anna Briskina’s, “Die finnische Lutherforschung” as, “The Finnish Luther Research," Lutheran Quarterly 22 (2008), 16-39. 

  •  "Dwelling on the Land," Peril and Promise: Essays in Community on South Dakota and Beyond, ed. Charles Woodard (Brookings, SD: South Dakota Agricultural Museum Press, 2007). 

  • Generic Protestantism: Tolerance or Specificity?” Word and World 26:1 (Winter 2006), 98-100.  

  • “Sex and Church,” Journal of Lutheran Ethics 2005, http://www.elca.org/JLE/articles/707

  • “Journeying Together and Faithfully?” Journal of Lutheran Ethics, 2004, http://www.elca.org/JLE/Articles/805?_ga=1.162947324.1588431256.1431638604

  • “Three Questions on Minding God,” Zygon 39:3 (September 2004), 591-604. 

  • "Luther on Language," Lutheran Quarterly, 16:2 (Summer 2002), 195-220.  

  • "Luther and the Strange Language of Theology:  How New is the Nova Lingua?” 221-244 in Caritas et Reformatio: Essays on Church and Society in Honor of Carter Lindberg, ed. David M. Whitford (St. Louis: Concordia Academic Press, 2002).  Abridged in Luther Digest, Vol. 13 (Fort Wayne, IN:  Luther Academy, 2005). 

  • "Downward Causality: How Does the Mental Matter?"  Center for Theology and Natural Science Bulletin 19:4 (Fall 1999), 11-21. 

  • “Can the Western Monotheisms Avoid Substance Dualism?” Zygon: The Journal of Science and Religion 36:1 (March 2001), 153-178.  

  • "The Promise and Peril of Supervenience for Theology,” 117-152 in The Human Person in Science and Theology, eds. Niels Gregersen, Willem Drees, Ulf Görman (Edinburgh: T & T Clark & Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmanns, 2000).  

  • “Murphy’s Nonreductive Physicalism,” Zygon: The Journal of Science and Religion 34:4 (December 1999), 619-28. 

  • "Supervenience as a Strategy for Relating Physical and Theological Properties," 161-176 in The Interplay Between Scientific and Theological Worldviews I, eds.  Niels H. Gregersen, Ulf Görman, Christoph Wassermann. (Geneva: Labor et Fides, 1999). 

  • "Luther and Ontology: A Response to Juntunen," 161-166 in Union with Christ: The New Finnish Interpretation of Luther, Carl Braaten and Robert Jenson, eds. (Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdman’s Publishing Company, 1998). 

  • "The Ontology of Deification," 90-113 in Caritas Dei.  Beiträge zum Verständnis Luthers und der gegenwärtigen Ökumene:  Festschrift für Tuomo Mannermaa. (Helsinki: Luther-Agricola Gesellschaft, 1997).  Abridged in Lutheran Digest, Vol. 8, Kenneth Hagen, ed. (Fort Wayne, Indiana: Luther Academy, 2000). 

  • "Deification as a Motif in Luther's Dictata super Psalterium,” Sixteenth Century Journal, 28:2 (Summer 1997), 401-420.  Abridged in Lutheran Digest, Vol. 8, Kenneth Hagen, ed. (Fort Wayne, Indiana: Luther Academy, 2000). 

  • "God, Physicalism, and Supervenience," Center for Theology and Natural Science Bulletin, 15:3 (Summer 1995), pp. 1-12.  Reprinted in Man and Ideas: The Journal of the Korea Center for Research in Eastern and Western Philosophies 10 (November 1998), 87-119.  

  • "Freedom, Love, and Righteousness in Luther's Sermo de duplici iustitia," 19-34 in Freiheit als Liebe bei Martin Luther, D. Bielfeldt & K. Schwarzwäller, Eds. (Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Peter Lang GmbH, 1995).  Abridgment included in Lutheran Digest, Vol. 4, Kenneth Hagen, Ed. (Fort Wayne, Indiana: Luther Academy, 1996), 18-19. 

  • "Impediments to the Cultivation of the Grundtvigian Spirit in the North American Context,"147-165 in Enlightenment in an International Perspective, Lillian Zollner & Anna Marie Andersen, Eds. (Vejle, Denmark:  Nornesalen and Kroghs Forlag Ltd., 1995).  Also published in Bridge: Journal of the Danish American Heritage Society, 18:1 (1995), 9-31.  Abridgements appeared in Church and Life, 44:2 (February 1995),  3-6, and Option: Journal of the Folk Education Association of America, 19:2 (Winter 1996), 23-27.] . 

  • "Two Perspectives on Tillich's Ontology of Religious Symbols," Newsletter of the North American Paul Tillich Society, 21:4 (October 1995), 2-7.   

  • “A God by Any Other Name," Lutheran Forum, 27:1 (February 1993), 7-10. 

  • "Luther, Metaphor, and Theological Language," Modern Theology, 6:2 (January 1990), 21-35.  [Abridgement included in Luther Digest Vol.1, Kenneth Hagen, Ed. (Fort Wayne, Indiana: Luther Academy, 1993), 21-24.]. 

  • "What's Real?--A Dialogue," Teaching Philosophy, 12:3 September 1989), 235-241.   

 

Encyclopedia Articles

  • “Ontology,” in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Martin Luther, eds., Derek Nelson and Paul Hinlicky, 1-21.  (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017). 

  • “Theological Prolegomena,” in Dictionary of Luther and The Lutheran Traditions, eds., Timothy Wengert et al, 731-734.  (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2017)

  • "Semantics," 2127-2136, in Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions, eds., Anna Runehov and Lluis Oviedo. (Netherlands: Springer, 2013).   

  • Sebastian Castellio," Encyclopedia of Protestantism, ed., Hans Hillerbrand (New York: Routledge, 2004). 

  • "Johannes Brenz," Encyclopedia of Protestantism, ed., Hans Hillerbrand (New York: Routledge, 2004). 

  • "Andreas Rudolf Bode Karlstadt," Encyclopedia of Protestantism, ed., Hans Hillerbrand (New York: Routledge, 2004). 

  • "Monism," in Encyclopedia of Science and Religion, ed., Wentzel van Huyssteen, 582-583. (New York: Macmillan, 2002. 

  • "Ontology," in Encyclopedia of Science and Religion, ed., Wentzel van Huyssteen, 632-633.  (New York: Macmillan, 2002). 

  • "Pluralism," in Encyclopedia of Science and Religion, ed., Wentzel van Huyssteen, 682-684. (New York: Macmillan, 2002).  

  • "Physicalism, Reductive and Nonreductive,” in Encyclopedia of Science and Religion, ed., Wentzel van Huyssteen, 662-664. (New York: Macmillan, 2002). 

  • "Reductionism," in Encyclopedia of Science and Religion, ed. Wentzel van Huyssteen, 714-717. (New York: Macmillan, 2002).  

 

 

 

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