Zion Lutheran Church
In Conjunction with
New Jersey Lutheran Women’s Missionary League
A Seminar on
DEFENDING THE FAITH
with Dr. Paul L. Maier
We had a wonderful and blessed seminar. We have over 110 people sign up for the seminar!
1 Peter 3:15 says it all.
“But in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a
defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you”
PAUL L. MAIER
Dr. Paul Luther Maier is Professor of Ancient History (em.) at Western Michigan University, a four-term Vice President of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, and a much-published authorof both scholarly and popular works. Paul Maier was born in
St. Louis, MO, the second son of Walter A. and Hulda (Eickhoff) Maier. Dr. Walter A. Maier was the founding speaker of The Lutheran Hour radio program, which remains on the air to the present day. Paul Maier’s first book was a biography of his famous father, A Man Spoke, a World Listened.
After receiving a Master’s degree in History from Harvard University and a Master of Divinity fromConcordia Seminary, St. Louis, Maier studied under Karl Barth and Oscar Cullmann at the University of Basel, which awarded him the Doctor of Philosophy degree Summa Cum Laude. He was the first American ever to receive the highest honors from the Swiss university.
In 1958, he was ordained into the ministry as campus Champlain to Lutheran students at WesternMichigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. Two years later, he was invited onto the history faculty at Western, where he taught and researched for the next 50 years. When he retired from teaching in 2011, he was the first faculty member to serve 50 years at Western.
In his writings, he originated two new literary genres: the documentary historical novel (all characters and major episodes fully authentic), and the theological thriller. His novels include two historical documentaries: Pontius Pilate and The Flames of Rome, as well as a theological thriller that became # 1 national bestseller in religious fiction in 1994, A Skeleton in God's Closet. The sequels, More Than a Skeleton and The Constantine Codex completed the trilogy.
His non-fiction works include In the Fullness of Time, a book that correlates sacred with secular evidence from the ancient world impinging on Jesus and early Christianity; Josephus — The Essential Works, a new translation/commentary on writings of the first-century Jewish historian; and Eusebius — The Church History, a similar book on the first Christian historian. Maier’s latest work is a new |edition with commentary on Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, the famed best-seller of the Reformation Era. About four million Maier books are now in print in i20 editions translated into twenty languages, as well as some 250 articles and reviews in professional journals and the general press.
Dr. Maier lectures widely, appears frequently on national radio, television, and newspaper interviews,and has received numerous honors, the most recent of which is the Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, conferred by the editorial staff of Who’s Who. Maier has also penned seven children's books, and hosted six video series dealing with Jesus, St. Paul, the early church, and current Christianity.
He married his wife, Joan, in 1967, and they have four daughters — Laura, Julie, Krista and Katie — all of whom live in southwestern Michigan.