Dr. Charles L. Cortright (2002)
Professor of Theology


  • B.A., Northwestern College, Watertown, Wis.
  • M.Div., Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis.
  • Ph.D., Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wis. 
    (Dissertation title: "Poor Maggot-sack that I Am": The Body in the Theology of Martin Luther)


Since graduation from the seminary I have served in parishes in California and New Jersey. From 1995-2000 I taught psychology, U.S. history, and Latin at Northwestern/Martin Luther College and have taught seminary classes in Ukraine. I obtained my Ph.D. in historical theology under Dr. Mickey Mattox at Marquette University. I enjoy teaching at WLC because the small college setting allows me to interact in my discipline more directly with our students and to share in the excitement of deepening knowledge for faith in Christ. My wife and I have four sons who all serve in the Lutheran ministry in various calls in the U.S. and Canada, a growing number of grandchildren, and one "grand-dog."

Academic Interests/Specialties

  • Martin Luther
  • Major and minor prophets of Israel
  • Poetry and wisdom literature of Israel

Courses I Teach

  • THE 110 – Introduction to Theology
  • THE 120 – Old Testament Introduction
  • THE 212 – Christian Worship
  • THE 303 – Hebrew Poetry and Wisdom Literature
  • THE 304 – Hebrew Prophets
  • THE 307 – Romans
  • THE 491 – Theology of Martin Luther

Research Interests

My dissertation topic looks at Martin Luther's (mostly unexplored) theological conception of the human body. As the last great flowering of medieval faith, Luther shared in the viewpoints — so different from us who live on the other side of the Cartesian divide! — of his contemporaries in his view of the body as the servant of the soul and yet also its troublesome partner. He often called his body a "maggot sack" (Madensack) because of the impact of sin on it, but also held a robust faith in the resurrection of body. 


  • cycling
  • calligraphy
  • watercolor painting
  • JRR Tolkien