Date(s) - 11 Dec 2017
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Columbia University Faculty House
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Euan Cameron, Henry Luce III Professor of Reformation History, Union Theological Seminary
“From the 95 theses to the Reformation world view”
Luther’s 95 theses on the power of indulgences have, since they entered the public sphere late in 1517, served as an emblematic text: they mattered for what they stood for more than their precise content. In any event, the theses were very soon overtaken, both by events and by the unfolding of Luther’s own ideas.
Before and after the crisis of 1517-20 Martin Luther was engaged on a journey of discovery to place Law and Gospel, sin and redemption, into what he believed was their proper relationship. At a critical point he identified the fatal flaw in contemporary theologies in the appropriation of classical ethics into Christian theology.
Yet the closer that one looks at the intellectual differences between Luther and his critics, the finer the distinctions between them appear to be. This paper will explore the question of whether what divided Luther and the reformers from their adversaries was a view of the ends of the religious life, as much as or more than the theological analysis of such a life.
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