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Panel discussion on ‘Looking back at Luther 500 – Where do we stand? – Observations on the Reformation from the UK and Germany’

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23.11.2017 - Press release

On 21 November, Ambassador Dr Peter Ammon hosted a panel discussion on ‘Looking back at Luther 500 – Where do we stand? – Observations on the Reformation from the UK and Germany’ to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

A panel of highly distinguished speakers consisting of Prof. Thomas Kaufmann (University of Göttingen), Rev. Prof Diarmaid MacCulloch (University of Oxford), Prof Lyndal Roper (University of Oxford), Prof Ulinka Rublack (University of Cambridge) and Prof Alexandra Walsham (University of Cambridge)  – chaired by Prof Rüdiger Görner (Queen Mary University of London) – took the audience on a fascinating journey behind the scenes of the Reformation Anniversary in the UK and Germany.

In his welcome Ambassador Ammon said: “In turbulent times like today, when global rules and our efforts to build a values-based order are being challenged from many sides, it is crucial that we take responsibility for our future and the destiny of the world we live in.  One lesson in my view that we can learn from the Luther Decade is that we have to “get involved”, as Luther would have said.”

The discussion opened up a multi-faceted outlook on the role of Luther today including the contradictions in Martin Luther’s personality, the controversies around commemorating Luther and the Reformation esp. in a reunified Germany, the differences between the view on the Reformation in the UK and Germany as well as the impact of the Reformation on music, language and printing. The interventions from the panel were complemented by engaged comments and questions from the audience which rounded off a productive debate about the religious and secular context and influence of the Reformation today.