The commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation has gone down in history as one of the most important achievements in the ecumenical movement and in the life of the Church at large. A question that remains fundamental up till our very day is the following: “Does Martin Luther’s lived theology have anything to say to us today?”
For this reason, academics and ecumenists from a number of distinguished European Universities including the University of Malta came together to interpret anew the theological gifts received through the Lutheran Reformation in their appropriate historical and ecclesial context.
The conference proceedings are divided into three parts: the exploration of the historical context, the major theological issues within that context, and an appraisal of the spirit of the reformation today.
This endeavour revealed significant insights: a commitment to narrate the story in a different way, a celebration of the return to the sources of the Christian faith that has actually produced a process of regeneration of the faith both for Lutherans and for Catholics, and a mutual recognition that ought never be underestimated.
Whatever its impact on history, the Reformation remains meaningful, first and foremost as a spiritual event focusing on the relationship of the self with God, as an opportunity to bring out the riches in both traditions, and as a reminder that dialogue opens up fresh avenues of thought.
1. The Reformation and the Ascent of the North
2. From Reform to Reformation: Luther’s Concept of Renewal
3. Martin Luther’s Take on Justification by Faith in Romans
4. The Human Being Created in the Image of God
5. Meritum in Aquinas and Martin Luther
Piotr Roszak, Damian Dorocki
6. Baptizatus sum: Consequences and Possibilities for the Ecclesia Semper Reformanda
7. Aspects of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue on Ministry
8. Martin Luther: Deviant Monk or Well-Meaning Reformer?
9. Maddalena de Pazzi’s Consilium Trinitatis in the light of Luther’s Solus Christus doctrine. An approximation
10. The Impact of Eschatological Differences in Catholic and Lutheran Traditions on Modern Understanding of God’s Creation
11. Communio Sanctorum – Communio Bonorum: von Balthasar and Luther