Reformation at 500 Conference

Reformation at 500 Conference

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On October 31, 1517, Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses were nailed to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, sparking the Reformation that profoundly transformed Christianity in the West. In a series of lectures at Yale Divinity School Oct 11-13, leading Reformation Scholars will reflect on the character of the Reformation and its legacy in America, past and present.

At the conference, titled “The Reformation at 500: The Legacy of the Reformation in America,” a distinguished group of speakers will address a diverse range of topics from the origins of the reform movement to its manifestations in American culture, focusing on questions such as the role of scripture, freedom of religion, and the place of churches in society. Scholars of the Reformation will come together with historians and theologians of American religion and culture to consider fresh interpretations of the Reformation and the complex and contested ways in which its influence resonates in our times.

The lead conference organizer and host is Bruce Gordon, Titus Street Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Yale Divinity School and a leading scholar of the Reformation.

The first lecture will be live-streamed; The other lectures will be available on-demand only. See the link for the full conference schedule.

Thanks for posting. Can’t resist saying that most think now that Luther never nailed up the theses, as he never mentioned it in his writings and the story of his nailing them up did not appear until after his death. However, it is a vivid and powerful picture of the event, that has become ingrained in our cultural memory. I’m sure there is an application relating to mythic stories and Biblical interpretation, but will leave it to you to ponder.

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He didn’t literally nail up the 95 theses (and I’m sure that Yale Div School realizes this), but I agree that it’s a powerful picture.

Finally! Here’s the link to the live-stream of the Reformation Conference
from Yale Divinity School. It starts Wednesday Oct 11 at 5:30 pm Eastern Standard Time. The Reformation would have a profound effect on how we read the Bible. (And the availability of Bibles to us the unwashed public, and the freedom to translate the Bible, etc.) No longer dependent on the Roman Catholic Church to misinterpret the Bible, we would be free to misinterpret it on our own!

Here is an article I just posted on my website about the Reformation:
Hopefully, forum-goers will find it of interest!
(Happy reformation 500 to all, by the way!)