Luther’s Reformation 500 years ago and How It Shapes the Christian Community Today
October 29, 11:45 am to 12:30 pm
October 31, 2107 marks the 500th anniversary Martin Luther’s nailing the Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany. Commonly marked as the beginning of the Lutheran Reformation, this act served as the first of Luther’s challenges to the theological beliefs within the contemporary Catholic Church. Three ideas in particular mark Luther’s theology–Justification by Faith, Sola Scriptura, and the Priesthood of all believers. The forum will give a brief historical context, before looking at these three ideas in more depth. How did Luther understand them and how do they continue to shape and challenge communities of faith today?
Dr. Lynn Hofstad is a lecturer in the Theology and Religious Studies Department at Seattle University. Her scholarly work focuses on feminist theology, Lutheran theology, atonement theology, and eco-theology. She holds a PhD in Systematic and Philosophical Theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.
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The Rev. Terry Steig, assisting priest at St. Andrew’s, is a co-director of The Center as well as The Center’s Sunday Forum Coordinator. To contact him with suggestions or questions about this Sunday morning adult education time, email TerryS@saintandrewsseattle.org.