No. We recognise that some aspects of the Reformation were (and in some cases continue to be) harmful and hurtful to many groups and individuals. Although the Reformation was an extremely complex and multifaceted period in history, we believe that several core ideas are worth reclaiming for today, including: 1) the authority and power of the Bible as the Word of God; 2) the Good News that salvation is a complete gift of Grace through Faith; 3) the equality of all men and women before God.
No. But the non-profit groups organizing it are mainly Protestant.
Reformation2017 is collaborative initiative launched by the Jubilee Centre, with the support of Christian Heritage Cambridge, the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics, and Great St Mary’s Church. Our patrons are Lord Rowan Williams, Professor Jonathan Burnside, and Matthew Frost.
The point is to inspire and empower Christians to work for ‘true human flourishing’ in all areas of life. Simply put, we want to raise up a new generation of Christian social reformers.
Wycliff, Hus, Erasmus, Zwingli, Bullinger, Bucer, Tyndale, Calvin and others all made significant impacts in history as a part of the broader Reformation. But for good or ill, it is Luther’s act (factual or fictitious) of nailing the 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg Cathedral that has most stuck in people’s minds as the start of the Reformation. We have no wish to focus on Luther to the exclusion of other important figures and simply want to take advantage of this renowned quincentenary to generate dialogue that we believe can change the world for good.
No. The number itself is mainly symbolic. We would be thrilled to welcome as many theses as possible.
Yes, although the medium, method, and circulation will largely depend on the success of this project and the number of theses that are ultimately received.
No. We gladly welcome any Christian from anywhere in the world to join this conversation.
Yes and no. Because the Reformation was led by Christians, we want to encourage Christians once again to spearhead radical changes that bring about the flourishing of many people in society. However, the Reformation also involved non-Christians from the very beginning and has now benefitted people of nearly every race, creed, and language on earth. Therefore, just as the church is called to be the salt of the earth and a light to the world, we hope that this project is always characterised by a sincere, outward-looking desire to be a blessing to the many, irrespective of their beliefs.