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The Concept of Reform in the Historical Imagination of the Protestant Communities

Lecture by Euan Cameron

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

“Reform” and its associated word “Reformation” (a distinction known chiefly to the English and German languages) are words and ideas found everywhere in religious history. “Reform” can be understood as part of a repeated cycle of initiative, decay and renewal. Alternatively, it can mark key turning-points in historical development, in an essentially linear vision of history. This lecture proposes that, in the way that the Protestant reformers wrote and understood their own history, one witnesses just such a transition from historical cycles to a linear development divided into periods. Ultimately – many years after 1517 – Protestant historians would speak of “the Reformation” as a unique phase in history, in the sense that we use the term today.

The Revd. Dr. Euan K Cameron is Henry Luce III Professor of Reformation Church History at Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University. Professor Cameron’s scholarly work analyses the role and transformations of religion in European society in the later Middle Ages and Reformation periods. He has appeared on television and radio in the UK and US, including appearances on the frequently re-broadcast Lion Television / PBS mini-series Martin Luther (2002) and Lord Bragg’s series on the history of ideas, In Our Time, BBC Radio 4 (2002). More recently he has been interviewed for CBS, OWN, Showtime and ABC as well as numerous production companies.

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Natalia Bueno
natalia.bueno at oregonstate.edu
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