Community Lecture Series

September 8, 2017
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 7:00pm
Mendenhall Lab, Room 100
Color Image of Martin Luther in front of a grey background

 

The Ohio State University

Center for the Study of Religion

presents

 

Religions of the World: Past and Present

Community Lecture Series 2017-2018

 

 

“Martin Luther v. ‘The Spiritualists:’ The Reformation He Could Not Stop”

 

David Brakke (Joe R. Engle Chair in the History of Christianity; Professor, Department of History)

Abstract: In 2017 we remember Luther the Radical – the young monk who with his 95 Theses began a religious revolution on October 31, 1517.  But it was not long before other Protestant reformers saw Luther as too conservative, as still Catholic.  On several key issues – above all, the sacraments of baptism and the eucharist – Luther argued for tradition and bitterly opposed teachers he called “spiritualists.”  Luther remained committed to the Word of God as an objective external power and decried what he saw as a subjective appeal to inner experience, a trend that he himself started.  The Reformation rapidly left its founder behind.

Admission is free and open to the public

Public parking is available at the Ohio Union South Garage

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