Remembering the Reformation: An Inquiry into the Meanings of Protestantism by Thomas Albert HowardRemembering the Reformation: An Inquiry into the Meanings of Protestantism by Thomas Albert Howard

Remembering the Reformation: An Inquiry into the Meanings of Protestantism

byThomas Albert Howard

Hardcover | October 1, 2016

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The 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 focuses the mind on the history and significance of Protestant forms of Christianity. It also prompts the question of how the Reformation has been commemorated on past anniversary occasions. In an effort to examine various meanings attributed toProtestantism, this book recounts and analyzes major commemorative occasions, including the famous posting of the 95 Theses in 1517 or the birth and death dates of Martin Luther, respectively 1483 and 1546. Beginning with the first centennial jubilee in 1617, Remembering the Reformation: An Inquiryinto the Meanings of Protestantism makes its way to the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's birth, internationally marked in 1983. While the book focuses on German-speaking lands, Thomas Albert Howard also looks at Reformation commemorations in other countries, notably in the United States. The central argument is that past commemorations have been heavily shaped by their historical moment, exhibiting confessional, liberal,nationalist, militaristic, Marxist, and ecumenical motifs, among others.
Thomas Albert Howard is Professor of History and the Humanities and holder of the Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Chair in Christian Ethics at Valparaiso University. His publications include Protestant Theology and the Making of the Modern German University (2006) and God and the Atlantic: America, Europe, and the Religious Divide (OUP,...
Title:Remembering the Reformation: An Inquiry into the Meanings of ProtestantismFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pagesPublished:October 1, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Reformation and the Remembered Past1. 1617, 1717: Commemoration in a Confessional Age2. A Turning Point: 1817 and the Modern Era3. 1883: Luthermania, Germania, and the Novus Ordo Seclorum4. A Memory Still Mutating: The Twentieth CenturyConclusion: 2017?

Editorial Reviews

"Remembering the Reformation is a thoughtful and rewarding book. At one level, it tells the story of how successive generations have recast that pivotal event according to the changing needs and obsessions of each new era. Through the process, though, we also learn much about the changing roleof religion in Western society, and (centrally) about the nature of Protestantism itself. As we commemorate the 500th anniversary of Luther's Reformation, it will be very useful to have this elegant and well-written historical guide to hand." --Philip Jenkins, Distinguished Professor of History, Baylor University