The Reformation Then and Now

On February 21st, 2018, join us for a special event regarding the anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. 

4:30pm | Swift Lecture Hall (3rd floor)
Reception to follow

Ralph Keen (PhD'90) will give a lecture entitled "The Reformation as a Humanist Project."

Ralph Keen is Professor of History and Arthur J. Schmitt Foundation Chair in Catholic Studies at The University of Illinois, Chicago. A historian of Early Modern Europe, Professor Keen works with how thinkers in one era retrieve and apply the writings of earlier figures in the tradition. In the past, his research has been concerned with the ways Reformation-era theologians drew on biblical and early-church authorities in crafting political doctrines suitable to their era. Currently he is working on Counter-Reformation Catholic authors' construction of the early church (to ca. 500) as "a Golden Age" intended as a contrast to the decline they saw in the 16th and 17th centuries. Professor Keen has authored Divine and Human Authority in Reformation Thought and Exile and Restoration in Jewish Thought, as well as a textbook from Prentice Hall entitled, The Christian Tradition. He has also edited or compiled nine other books and written dozens of articles for a variety of books and journals.

Susan Schreiner will give a lecture entitled "The Reformation Then and Now."

Susan Schreiner is Professor of of the History of Christianity and Theology; also in the College. She is a historian of early modern Europe (14-16th centuries). Her research and teaching interests include the Protestant Reformation, early modern Catholicism, and the Renaissance; in addition, her teaching interests extend to twentieth-century Protestant theologians. Her first book, The Theater of His Glory, examined John Calvin’s understanding of creation, providence, and the created order. Her second book, Where Shall Wisdom be Found? Calvin’s exegesis of Job from medieval and Modern Perspectives analyzes the history of the interpretation of Job in such figures as Gregory the Great, Maimonides, Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin, and modern figures such as Jung, MacLeish, and Kafka. Her most recent book, Are You Alone Wise? The Search for Certainty in the Early Modern Era, focuses on the various epistemological and theological debates from Ockham to Shakespeare.

Discussion afterwards to be moderated by William Schweiker, Edward L. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor of Theological Ethics. 

This event is free and open to the public. To request an accomodation, please contact Sandra Peppers in advance at 773-702-8219.

Image: Martin Luther posting the 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Castle church in 1517. (Original painting by Ferdinand Pauwels, public domain Wikipedia Commons)

See also our coverage of the Reformation’s 500th anniversary in Sightings, a publication of the Martin Marty Center:

Martin Marty, Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, on “Remembering Martin Luther’s far-reaching legacy 500 years after the 95 Theses” (from The University of Chicago Magazine).

William Schweiker, Edward L. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor of Theological Ethics, can be heard on WGN Radio discussing the “500th anniversary of the Reformation.”

Persons with a disability who need an accomodation to attend this event, please call Sandra Peppers in advance: 773-702-8219.