Day 1 of a series of lectures organized to commemorate the 500th-year anniversary of the nailing of the 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg Cathedral by Martin Luther on Oct. 31, 1517, an event that sparked the Protestant Reformation.
Kathleen Corley, Department of Religious Studies: “How Then Shall We be Saved? The Doctrine of Salvation in Luther’s Perspective”
Martin Luther taught a new idea for the very process of salvation which energized the movement of the Reformation. He based his doctrine of salvation upon the words of St Paul from the Letter to the Romans, “the just shall live by faith (alone).” This lecture will explore Luther’s views on salvation and faith as well as show how these views varied from those of the Roman Catholic Church of his day.
Richard DCamp, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures: “Music and Worship in the Protestant Reformation”
The Reformation made changes in the church’s singing. While each of the major Reformers – Luther, Zwingli and Calvin – had musical training and had the skill to write poems and tunes, on the other hand each had significantly different attitudes to music and song in the church. This session will investigate how the Reformers viewed music and, which theological decisions formed the basis for their differing understandings.
See Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 for more events.