Martin Luther and Catholic Theology Conference 15-17 May 2015

Martin Luther and Catholic Theology: An International Conference 15-17 May 2015

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      MARTIN LUTHER AND CATHOLIC THEOLOGY 

  REMEMBERING THE REFORMATION:

WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED? WHAT HAVE WE YET TO LEARN?

AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

   St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, County Kildare

15-17 May 2015

 In 2017 we will commemorate the 500th anniversary of that key date in European history which marks the beginning of a long period of Reformations which divided western Christianity along confessional lines. The figure of Martin Luther is, of course, central to this story both in its historical unfolding and its later legacy.  We are all too aware of the polemic and counter-polemic which followed on all sides, and which resulted in a succession of “religious wars” across Europe culminating in the Thirty Years’ War (1618-48) which, at its heart, was fueled by many other concerns other than doctrinal division. Nonetheless, the effects of the sixteenth-century Reformations were long-lasting and, for centuries, polemical literature, exchanged between all parties highlighted contested theological issues and perpetuated cultures of mutual suspicion. Happily, in more recent decades, in large part thanks to the ecumenical movement, Christians of all confessions are more inclined to focus on what unites them rather than what has separated them these past five hundred years. In preparing to commemorate that significant anniversary in 2017, our intention is not only to look at the theological legacy of Martin Luther and its contemporary relevance, but, more specifically, to examine the reception (or otherwise) of Luther within the Catholic tradition and among Catholic theologians. The aim of the conference is to continue the journey beyond mutual polemic and caricature towards a more nuanced picture of Luther and Catholic theology. Indeed Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has shown how Catholics can have a sympathetic reading of Luther while not denying our theological differences. For him the important thing to keep in mind is our common ground as Christians. We are honoured to welcome a very distinguished gathering of keynote speakers and Emerging Scholars to Maynooth to reflect on the theme of Martin Luther and Catholic Theology, both in his own day and in more recent Lutheran-Catholic dialogue. We hope that you will feel very welcome as you prepare to visit our beautiful campus and, if it is your first time visiting our College, that you will have cause to return on many other occasions.

Organisers:

Declan Marmion, Professor of Systematic Theology, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. Email: declan.marmion@spcm.ie

Salvador Ryan, Professor of Ecclesiastical History, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. Email: salvador.ryan@spcm.ie

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