The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Martin E. Marty

Encouraging others is the vocation for famous church historian

You'll see him on television. You'll read him in the newspapers and magazines. You'll find his books in every bookstore. If the Lutheran community has a "superstar" mentor, it's 76-year-old Martin E. Marty.

Marty is a mentor in two primary settings, and he moves easily between them. He mentors within the world of religion. And he teaches the secular world about religion.

His mentoring "within" also has two aspects. He is both a scholarly teacher and a pastorly teacher. Most teachers specialize in one or the other, but Marty has always refused to favor either. As he commented, "I am an ordained minister who spent 10 years full time as a pastor [before becoming a professor]. I've never turned my back on what pastoral life means."

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