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Martin Emil Marty

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Martin Emil Marty, American theology studies educator. Ordained to ministry Lutheran Church, 1952. Recipient National Medal Humanities, 1997, Alumni medal, University Chicago, 1998.

Background

Marty, Martin Emil was born on February 5, 1928 in West Point, Nebraska, United States. Son of Emil A. and Anne Louise (Wuerdemann) Marty.

Education

Master of Divinity, Concordia Seminary, 1952. Master of Sacred Theology, Lutheran School Theology, Chicago, 1954. Doctor of Philosophy in American Religious and Intellectual History, University Chicago, 1956.

Doctor of Letters (honorary), Thiel College, 1964. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), West Virginia Wesleyan College, 1967. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Marian College, 1967.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Providence College, 1967. Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Muhlenberg College, 1967. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Thomas More College, 1968.

Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Bethany Seminary, 1969. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Keuka College, 1972. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Willamette University, 1974.

Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Wabash College, 1977. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Southern California, 1977. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Valparaiso University, 1978.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), St. Olaf College, 1978. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), De Paul University, 1979. Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Christ Seminary-Seminex, 1979.

Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Capital University, 1980. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Colorado College, 1980. Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Maryville College, 1980.

Doctor of Divinity (honorary), North Park College Seminary, 1982. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Wittenberg University, 1983. Doctor of Humane Letters, Rosary College, 1984.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Rockford College, 1984. Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Virginia Theological Seminary, 1984. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Hamilton College, 1985.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Loyola University, 1986. Doctor of Laws (honorary), University Notre Dame, 1987. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Roanoke College, 1987.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Mercer University, 1987. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Illinois Wesleyan College, 1987. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Roosevelt University, 1988.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Aquinas College, 1988. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Franklin College, 1988. Doctor of Letters (honorary), University Nebraska, 1993.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Northern Michigan University, 1989. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Muskingum College, Coe College, Lehigh University, 1989. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Hebrew Union College and Governors State University, 1990.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Whittier College, 1991. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), California Lutheran University, 1993. Doctor of Divinity (honorary), St. Xavier College and Colgate University, 1990.

Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Mount Union College, 1991. Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Texas Lutheran College, 1991. Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Aurora University, 1991.

Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Baker University, 1992. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Lutheran University, 1993. Doctor of Humane Letters, California Lutheran University, 1993.

Doctor of Humane Letters, Midland Lutheran College, 1995. Doctor of Divinity, Hope College, 1993. Doctor of Divinity, Northwestern College, 1993.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), George Fox College, 1994. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Drake University, 1994. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Centre College, 1994.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Fontbonne College, 1996. Doctor of Divinity, Yale University, 1995. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Otterbein College, 1996.

Doctor of Theology (honorary), Lycoming College, 1997. Doctor of Humane Letters, Dana College, 1998. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Alma College, 1998.

Doctor of Letters (honorary), Concordia University Portland, 1998. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Niagara University, 1998. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Kalamazoo College, 1999.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), William Jewell College, 1999. Doctor of Letters (honorary), University Miami, 1999. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Lynchburg College, 2003.

Doctor of Letters (honorary), Lynchburg College, 2003. Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Trinity College, 2001. Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Wake Forest University, 2003.

DHum (honorary), Westminster Choir College, 2001. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), University Scranton, 2001. Doctor of Divinity (honorary), Wake Forest University, 2003.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Eastern Mennonite University, 2003. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Iona College. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Fordham University, 2005.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Illinois College, 2007. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Augsburg College, 2007.

Career

Pastor, Washington, 1950—1951. Assistant pastor River Forest, Illinois, 1952—1956. Pastor Elk Grove Village, 1956—1963.

Professor history of modern Christianity Division School University Chicago, since 1963, Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service professor, 1978—1998, professor emeritus, since 1998. Associate editor Christian Century magazine, 1956—1985, senior editor, 1985—1998. Co-editor Church History magazine, 1963—1997.

President Park Ridge Center for Study of Health Faith and Ethics, Illinois, 1985—1989, senior scholar-in-residence, 1989—1998. President American Institute for Study of Health, Faith and Ethics, 1985—1989. Director The Public Religion Project, 1996—1999.

Interim president St. Olaf College, 2000—2001.

Achievements

  • Ordained to ministry Lutheran Church, 1952.

Works

Membership

Chairman board regents St. Olaf College, 1996—2001, senior regent, since 2002. Director The Public Religion Project, 1996—2000. Fellow: American Academy Political and Social Sciences (Mohandas K. Gandhi Fellow, Mohandas K. Gandhi fellow), Society of America Historians, American Academy Arts and Sciences (director fundamentalism project 1988-1994).

Member: American Antiquarian Society, American Academy Religion (president 1987-1988), American Catholic History Association 1981, American Society Church History 1971, American Philosophical Society.

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Good eating, baroque music, calligraphy.

Connections

Married Elsa Schumacher Marty, 1952 (deceased 1981). Children: Frances, Joel, John, Peter, James, Micah, Ursula. Married Harriet Lindemann Marty, 1982.

father:
Emil A. Marty

mother:
Anne Louise (Wuerdemann) Marty

spouses:
Elsa Schumacher Marty

Harriet Lindemann Marty

children:
Frances Marty

Joel Marty

John Marty

Peter Marty

James Marty

Micah Marty

Ursula Marty