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Reformation - Then and Now

Date recorded: 20 May 2018 | Speaker: David Hilborn | Event: ELF Politics and Society Network
Reformation - Then and Now


In 2017, Christians across Europe and the world commemorated the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. That landmark provided an excellent opportunity to reflect on the impact of Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses and of the theological, political, and cultural upheaval which followed their publication. But the consequences of the Reformation are no less vital in 2018, and as the 21st century unfolds they are sure to remain a focus of lively dialogue and debate within and beyond the church. This talk sets set the Reformation in its wider historical context and examines the key legacies from it that still bear on our life and witness as Christians today. From ministry and mission to Christian education and Bible translation; from denominationalism and ecumenism to Protestant/Catholic relations; from capitalism and democracy to secularism and religious liberty; from Henry VIII to Brexit. All this and more are addressed.