Professor Jon Pahl of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), in the city’s Mt. Airy section, is presenting a five part course – in the classroom and online – on “In Vino, Veritas: The History, Spirituality, and Theology of Wine.”

The Latin phrase, in vino, veritas, “in wine, truth,” can be read many ways. This course explores the history, spirituality, and theology of wine. Examples from the history of religions, art, music, Jewish and Christian scripture and tradition will help us discover the true vine in, with and under the fruit of the vine.

The not-for-credit course will run on five consecutive Saturdays, March 14 to April 11. Classes will be held at the LTSP campus, 7301 Germantown Ave. from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Flexible onlice courses will be available as well.

The course is appropriate for adult learners of any faith tradition, or of no particular faith tradition, who wish to learn more about the topic. Worship communities and other groups qualify for special reduced fees when multiple members enroll.

Pahl is the Peter Paul and Elizabeth Hagan Professor in the History of Christianity and Director of M.A. Programs at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Pahl was conferred the Peter Paul and Elizabeth Hagan Endowed Chair in the History of Christianity in a ceremony on Nov. 27, 2012. He has also served as Visiting professor of religion at Temple University, in Philadelphia, and as visiting professor of religion at Princeton University.

Pahl has published dozens of articles, essays, columns, and reviews; has appeared on media outlets from the BBC to ABC, and is author or editor of six books, most recently “Shopping Malls and Other Sacred Spaces: Putting God in Place (Wipf and Stock),” and “Empire of Sacrifice: The Religious Origins of American Violence (NYU).”

For More information, cost of the course, and online registration are at, or for more information contact Kathie Afflerbach, AiM, LTSP Coordinator of Non-Credit Education, at 215-248-6324 or email

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