To mark the 500th anniversary of Luther’s 95 theses, the Jubilee Centre, in collaboration with Christian Heritage and KLICE, launched a project to compile a set of new theses for today, or ’95 ways to change the world’. We invited anyone who wants to see the gospel transforming society and culture to propose responses to social issues that will lead to ‘true human flourishing’.
Each new thesis had to be 100 words or less, with three constituent parts:
an Affirmation (a positive value or ideal that is held to be good, just and true)
an Analysis (how that good thing is being spoiled currently)
an Action (a realistic and feasible call to action)
This structure reflects the Creation/Fall/Redemption framework of a biblical worldview, and was intended to encourage contributors to reflect theologically on both the causes and responses to the issue they care about.
Well over 100 ideas were submitted from people all round the world during 2017, and we have settled on 95 new theses which are displayed below. The guidelines were minimal and so the contributions vary widely in their scope, depth of argument and intended audience.
Overall, these 95 ‘ways to change the world’ reflect the vision, dreams, passions and concerns of the participants. The project is intended to stimulate conversation and encourage people – especially the next generation of Christian leaders – to think biblically about issues in society, and form strategies for engagement that lead to personal and social transformation.
The 95 new theses are also being exhibited at the Round Church in Cambridge until 11th November 2017, after which a £500 prize will be awarded to the thesis that demonstrates the best original idea with a realistic plan for implementation. Four runners up will be offered a £100 scholarship for the Jubilee Centre’s Social Reformers Summer School in 2018, which includes a workshop on turning a vision into a practical project.
The project forms part of the Reformation2017 initiative of the Jubilee Centre, supported by Christian Heritage and the Kirby Laing Institute of Christian Ethics. The theses proposed reflect the views of each author, and are not necessarily endorsed by the organisers.
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