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10th Annual Mark A. Noll Lecture

"Why does the Protestant Reformation Matter for Modern Politics? Exploring Luther's Theology Today"

Christine HelmerThe School of Biblical & Theological Studies at Wheaton College presents the Mark A. Noll Annual Lecture in History of Christianity, "Why does the Protestant Reformation Matter for Modern Politics? Exploring Luther's Theology Today," a lecture by Dr. Christine Helmer on Friday, September 20, 2019 at 7:00 PM hosted by BTS and co-sponsored by Refo500.

Since the early 20th century, the Protestant Reformation has been studied as the origins of modernity. Martin Luther was the “herald of freedom” who inaugurated a new era marked by individual freedoms and a public square in which people could discuss politics without reprisal. In this talk Professor Helmer explains how the Protestant Reformation can help us understand modern political developments. She points out some of modernity’s ills and shows that a new look at Luther’s theology can help us imagine a modern world that promotes justice.

Christine Helmer is Professor of German and Religious Studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She is an internationally recognized theologian, whose area of research and teaching is German theology and philosophy. She was awarded an honorary doctorate in theology in 2017 from the University of Helsinki, Finland. Her books include: The Trinity and Martin Luther (2nd ed., 2017), Theology and the End of Doctrine (2014), and How Luther Became the Reformer (2019). Her online class on “Luther and the West” is available for free at coursera.org/learn/luther-and-the-west . 

The lecture will be held in Blanchard 339, and is free and open to the public. For more information contact bts.graduate.studies@wheaton.edu or 630.752.5197

See past History of Christianity Lectures