RNS Best of 2017: Women bloggers spawn an evangelical ‘crisis of authority’
(RNS) Christian women online have found new platforms to teach, preach and connect. “God isn’t trademarked,” says Sarah Bessey.
Luther, Luther, Luther: He didn’t reform Christianity as much as this guy did
(RNS) — Despite all the hype during the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the spiritual father of Baptists, Huldrych Zwingli, it turns out, is far more important to modern Christianity than Martin Luther or John Calvin.
When Americans tried – and failed – to reunite Christianity
(The Conversation) — In the early 1900s, ambitious Protestants in the U.S. attempted the unthinkable.
On Reformation anniversary, Lutherans bridge divides with other faiths
WASHINGTON (RNS) — The co-chairs of the U.S. Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue celebrated their accomplishments even as they acknowledged remaining differences.
Why the ecumenical movement is a historical event on par with the Reformation
(RNS) — Ecumenism did so much during the last century to heal the divisions among Christians. (COMMENTARY)
Germany marks 500th anniversary of church’s Reformation
BERLIN (AP) — In remembrance of the 500th anniversary, Reformation Day is a public holiday in Germany this year.
In his ‘Ninety-Five Theses’ Luther called upon believers to repent. What does that mean?
Reformation season is a time for much accusing of ancestors, from Columbus to Thomas Jefferson, now remembered as slavers, or, to be relevant, Luther, for his call for violence against rebelling peasants or his utterly, utterly repugnant anti-Judaic latter-day outlook and writings. We historians study such features of the lives of ancestors, to learn and gain the resolve to promote a “change of heart.”
Reconciliation among Christians might be closer than we think
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (RNS) — Working to bring Christians back together has taught me about our shared faith and how it can still light the world.
What came after: The Counter-Reformation art of Carlo Dolci
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) — His meticulous paintings of Christian themes, saturated with emotion and glistening with color, were everything the iconoclast reformers railed against.
Martin Luther’s ‘dream’ church? It wasn’t in Europe
(RNS) — The revelation that Ethiopian Christianity possibly had links to the Protestant Reformation is a game-changer for what is generally thought to be an exclusively European phenomenon. (COMMENTARY)
Was the Reformation a mistake? A Catholic and a Protestant debate
(RNS) — Two theology professors — one Catholic, one Protestant — get to the heart of what divides them: how they reason from the Bible.
Berlin exhibit highlights how the Nazis exploited Martin Luther’s legacy
BERLIN (RNS) — Most visitors to events in Germany marking this year’s 500th anniversary of the Reformation probably didn’t expect to find an exhibition setting out just how extensively the Nazis used Luther to justify their anti-Semitism and nationalism.