Dr. Corey Campion, “The Reformation at 500: The Memory and Meaning of Martin Luther in Modern Germany”
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Frederick, MD 21701
On October 31, 1517, a Saxon professor of theology named Martin Luther published his now famous 95 Theses. Challenging the theological and political foundations of the Catholic Church, Luther’s text ignited a debate that soon spread beyond the academy and engulfed much of Europe in decades of impassioned debate and brutal war. Though Luther’s life preceded the formation of the German nation-state by more than three centuries, the professor-turned-revolutionary has remained an important reference point in the narrative of modern German history. On the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, this talk explores the memory of Martin Luther in Germany today.