On October 31, 1517, Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses were nailed to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, sparking the Reformation that profoundly transformed Christianity in the West. In a series of lectures at Yale Divinity School October 11-13, leading Reformation Scholars will reflect on the character of the Reformation and its legacy in America, past and present.
At the conference, titled “The Reformation at 500: The Legacy of the Reformation in America,” a distinguished group of speakers will address a diverse range of topics from the origins of the reform movement to its manifestations in American culture, focusing on questions such as the role of scripture, freedom of religion, and the place of churches in society. Scholars of the Reformation will come together with historians and theologians of American religion and culture to consider fresh interpretations of the Reformation and the complex and contested ways in which its influence resonates in our times.
The lead conference organizer and host is Bruce Gordon, Titus Street Professor of Ecclesiastical History at Yale Divinity School and a leading scholar of the Reformation.