500: The Protestant Reformation and the Modern World
500 years ago, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door, marking the start of the world historical event that came to be called the Protestant Reformation. It precipitated a period of intense religious conflict and war in Europe that culminated in the 1648 Peace of Westphalia, giving rise to the political form of the nation-state.
The Protestant Reformation unleashed forces of individualism, capitalism and democracy. It reconfigured the form of religion, as it gave shape to a secular public sphere. Through colonial and missionizing processes, its influence now extends to all corners of the globe.
This panel, featuring Susan Schreiner (University of Chicago), Daniel Philpott (Univeristy of Notre Dame) and Tracy Fessenden (Arizona State University) will explore the political, religious and sociological impact of the Protestant Reformation on Euro-American societies, as well as the world. Questions that will be discussed include:
- What was the Protestant Reformation and how did it give shape to a new form of religion, with new sources of religious authority?
- What is the relationship between the Protestant Reformation and the rise of the nation-state as the dominant political form in the modern world?
- What role did the Protestant reformation play in unleashing democratic aspirations and sensibilities?
- What role did the Protestant Reformation play in the construction of a secular public sphere and secular reason?
- Is there an affinity between Protestantism and modern capitalism?
- What are the inherent dangers in the universalizing dimensions of the Protestant Reformation?
- Are “we” all Protestant now?
This lecture and free and open to the public, but RSVPs are recommended. For classes or other large groups, please contact CSRC directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
This event will be live streamed at https://asunow.asu.edu/asulive.