Gerald Christianson ’55

Posted on January 19th, 2016 by

The upcoming philosophy department event, “How are you thinking about your philosophy major now?” is bringing us news of alums from many different decades. Here’s news of the ’50s.

Gerald Christianson is Emeritus Professor in Residence at Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where he has taught early and medieval church history since 1967. He received his education at Gustavus Adolphus College, Augustana Theological Seminary and the University of Chicago.  Before teaching, he was pastor of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Gary, Indiana.  He has served as visiting professor at Lancaster Theological Seminary and Yale Divinity School

Among his recent works, he is the co-author or co-editor of The Spirituality of the German Awakening, a volume in the series Classics of Western Spirituality (2003); Introducing Nicholas of Cusa: A Guide to a Renaissance Man (2004); Reject Aeneas, Accept Pius: Selected Letters of Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini (Pope Pius II) (2006); and the forthcoming The Church, the Councils, and Reform: The Legacy of the Fifteenth Century (2008).

In 1980, Dr. Christianson founded and for several years chaired or co-chaired Music, Gettysburg!, a major musical series formed by a partnership between the Seminary and the community.  He also co-hosts the weekly radio program, “The Seminary Explores,” which began in 1970.


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