October 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the publication of the 95 theses of Martin Luther. This has released forces beyond what Luther could have imagined. When the religious wars were pacified one and a half century later, the face of Europe had changed. There was religious pluralism in Europe, but in most states peace could only be ensured by making religious and state borders coincide.
To commemorate the start of the Reformation, UCSIA organizes a public lecture series (in English) – and seminars for students – at the University of Antwerp. These will investigate how the Luther affair could have gathered such amplitude. The role of the modern media of the time, as well as the repercussions of Luther’s actions for the Jewish inhabitants of Europe, will be discussed.
Three international experts will expound on their recent publications. The series will be launched with a panel debate (in Dutch), that will focus on a specific aspect of the discussion that is still pertinent for today: how to manage diverse religious and atheist worldviews when they clash?