Lutherans, Political Resistance and the 1550 Magdeburg Confession
Pastor Todd Wilken interviewed Ryan MacPherson on the Issues, Etc., radio program concerning the Magdeburg Confession of 1550, by which the second generation of Lutheran reformers explained the proper relationship between church and state and the conditions under which political resistance is appropriate.
Is the Old Testament Reliable? The Evidence within the Text
Note: PDF handouts are available.
What’s Worldview Got to Do with Everything?
Note: PDF handouts are available.
Getting the Facts Straight: How Grammar, History, and Logic Can Rescue Education from Postfactualism
Note: A Q and A video and PDF handout also are available.
About Ryan C. MacPherson, Ph.D.
- Rediscovering the American Republic: Biographies, Primary Texts, Charts, and Study Questions—Exploring a People’s Quest for Ordered Liberty
- The Culture of Life: Ten Essential Principles for Christian Bioethics (2012), with a Bonus Section including:
- Studying Luther’s Large Catechism: A Workbook for Christian Discipleship (2012)
- Telling the Next Generation: The Evangelical Lutheran Synod’s Vision for Christian Education, 1918–2011 and Beyond (editor and contributor, 2011)
- Seven Things about the U.S. Constitution that Every College Student Needs to Know (2013)
- Men and Abortion: The Forgotten Legacy of Roe v. Wade (2013)
- “From Pedagogy to Publication: Involving Students in a Documentary History of Their College’s Educational Philosophy” (2011)
- “History and the Art of Storytelling: Two Tales from the Early American Republic, Each Told in Two Different Ways” (2010)
- “The Coercive Reality behind Pro-Choice Rhetoric” (2009)
- “The Electoral College: Its History, Some Controversies, and Your Questions” (2008)
- Speakers Bureau, Lutherans for Life
- Ph.D., University of Notre Dame (2003)
- Faculty (since 2003) and Chair (since 2011), Dept. of History, Bethany Lutheran College
- Teaching Experience includes American Revolution, U.S. Constitution, Religion in America, Civil Rights Movement, U.S. Supreme Court
- Hybrid Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Science
- Teaching Experience includes Logic, Moral Philosophy, Bioethics, plus History and Philosophy of Science
- Tax Law Research, for the MacPherson Group, P.C., Attorneys at Law
- Senior Editor for The Family in America: A Journal of Public Policy (2012–2016), e.g.:
- “Homeownership and Public Policy: What Helps, and What Hinders, the American Dream” (2013)
- “Marital Parenthood and American Prosperity: As Goes the Middle-Class Family, So Goes the Nation” (2012)
- Circle of Experts, The Ruth Institute: Healing the 21st Century Family
- Founding President, The Hausvater Project (promoting a biblical vision for family, church, and society in the spirit of the Lutheran confessions)
- Board member, Evangelical Lutheran Synod Historical Society (2004-2013)
- Previous service includes church council, preschool superintendent, and Sunday school superintendent
- “Training Children As They Should Go?: Evaluating Government Education Standards That May Impact Lutheran Elementary Schools” (2007)
- Genesis Academy
- Lutheran Schools of America
- Wittenberg Academy
Grass-Roots Civic Leader
- “Advice for Keeping Your Republic: Constitution Day Address” (2011)
- Testimony at Public Hearing on Education Standards, Testimony at Town Hall Meeting, Precinct Vice Chair, Party Convention Delegate (2012)
Defender of the Natural Family
- Principal Author of a “Friend of the Court” Brief for Perry v. Schwarzenegger (renamed Perry v. Brown), in support of the Proposition 8/California Marriage Amendment (2010)
- “The Natural Law of the Family” in Natural Law: A Lutheran Reappraisal (2011)
- “Bringing Good News to Life in Defense of Marriage,” Lutherans for Life national conference (2010)
Devoted Husband, Homeschool Father
- “‘Balancing Work and Family’ vs. ‘Redeeming the Time’” (2011)
- “Rhythm, Footwork, and Leadership—Three Essentials for the Marriage Dance” (2011)
- “Honoring Fatherhood and Motherhood: Insights from Luther’s Large Catechism” (2010)
- Member, Homeschool Legal Defense Association