Radicalizing Reformation

So what difference might insights and critiques arising from the 1517 Reformation make in U.S. contexts TODAY? 

Martin Luther began his 95 Theses of 1517 with Jesus’ call for repentance as a change of mind and direction: “Return, the just world of God has come near!” Five hundred years later is also a kairoitic time for repentance and conversion toward a more just society, by going to the root (= radical) of the Reformation. This is the focus of the global initiative,


During the past three years, many theologians have written articles for a five-volume book series (published by LIT-Verlag), and have developed 94 provocative new theses for discussion and action. These engage biblical perspectives and Lutheran theological insights in relation to critical challenges today, such as climate change, economic disparities, and identities that are defended (sometimes violently) over and against those considered “other.”

As we hear the testimony of the cross (1 Cor 1:18) and the groaning of the abused creation ( Rom 8:22) and as we actively hear the cries of those victimized by our world (dis-)order driven by hyper-capitalism – only then can we turn this Reformation commemoration into a liberating jubilee. Christian self-righteousness, supporting the dominating system, is in contradiction to faith-righteousness as proclaimed by the Reformation.

To access these 94 theses and other information regarding this global initiative, see the "Radicalizing Reformation Resources" at right, and visit the Radicalizing Reformation web page, where abstracts as well as some of the full articles from the LIT-Verlag volumes are also posted.

For what is occurring in the North America that relates to this, or to be connected with the North American network, contact Dr. Karen Bloomquist at bloomquistkaren@gmail.com. A summarized version of the theses is also available, for discussion in congregational and other settings.

How will you pursue this in your context? Let us hear from you!

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Radicalizing Reformation Resources
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