Remembering the Reformation: An Inquiry into the Meanings of Protestantism

ISBN : 9780198754190

Thomas Albert Howard
208 Pages
145 x 202 mm
Pub date
Sep 2016
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The 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 focuses the mind on the history and significance of Protestant forms of Christianity. It also prompts the question of how the Reformation has been commemorated on past anniversary occasions. In an effort to examine various meanings attributed to Protestantism, this book recounts and analyzes major commemorative occasions, including the famous posting of the 95 Theses in 1517 or the birth and death dates of Martin Luther, respectively 1483 and 1546. Beginning with the first centennial jubilee in 1617, Remembering the Reformation: An Inquiry into the Meanings of Protestantism makes its way to the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's birth, internationally marked in 1983. While the book focuses on German-speaking lands, Thomas Albert Howard also looks at Reformation commemorations in other countries, notably in the United States. The central argument is that past commemorations have been heavily shaped by their historical moment, exhibiting confessional, liberal, nationalist, militaristic, Marxist, and ecumenical motifs, among others.


Introduction: The Reformation and the Remembered Past
1 1617, 1717: Commemoration in a Confessional Age
2 A Turning Point: 1817 and the Modern Era
3 1883: Luthermania, Germania, and the Novus Ordo Seclorum
4 A Memory Still Mutating: The Twentieth Century
Conclusion: 2017?

About the author: 

Thomas Albert Howard is Professor of History and the Humanities and holder of the Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Chair in Christian Ethics at Valparaiso University. His publications include Protestant Theology and the Making of the Modern German University (2006) and God and the Atlantic: America, Europe, and the Religious Divide (OUP, 2011).

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