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The Rev. Dr. Mark Mattes

Adjunct Professor of Theology, North American Lutheran Seminary
Professor of Theology and Philosophy, Grand View University
Chair of Philosophy and Religion, Grand View University

PhD, The University of Chicago
MDiv, Luther Seminary
BA, St. Olaf College
AA, Waldorf College
Diploma, The Lutheran Bible Institute

Selected Articles by the Rev. Dr. Mark Mattes

“Balaam’s Donkey,” 1517., February 2019.
“The More Promising Approach to Discipleship,” 1517., February 2019
“The Beauty of Christianity and Its Cross,” Credo Magazine, May 2018.
“The Aesthetic Beauty of the Gospel,” The Gospel Coalition, October 2017.

Selected Books by the Rev. Dr. Mark Mattes

These collected essays engage the reality of believers’ death and resurrection in Christ, and how that bears upon the life of faith while also attending to a wide range of relevant theological topics such as scriptural authority, apologetics, a critique of contemporary mainline Protestant and Evangelical Catholic ethics, a critique of Lutheran-Reformed ecumenism, and the church’s mission and outreach. The collection concludes with several sermons based on Old Testament lessons seeking to show how the theology embedded in the essays can be used for proclamation.


Many contemporary theologians seek to retrieve the concept of beauty as a way for people to encounter God. This groundbreaking book argues that while Martin Luther’s view of beauty has often been ignored or underappreciated, it has much to contribute to that quest. Mark Mattes, one of today’s leading Lutheran theologians, analyzes Luther’s theological aesthetics and discusses its implications for music, art, and the contemplative life. Mattes shows that for Luther, the cross is the lens through which the beauty of God is refracted into the world.