Luther: Zankapfel zwischen den Konfessionen und ‘Vater im Glauben’?

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As part of preparations for the 2017 anniversary of the Reformation it is becoming increasingly clear that the reaching of a common consensus concerning both the event itself and the central figure of Martin Luther cannot be taken for granted. In recent years there has been an at times heated debate within media and academic circles concerning not only how the Reformation should be properly perceived, but also surrounding the figure of Luther within it. It has become clear that Luther’s image has been formed by deeply rooted confessional traditions and specific national constellations, which form a hindrance to a common, intra-evangelical commemoration, let alone a cross-denominational one. The contributors to this volume examine historical differences in the perception of Martin Luther and explore ways in which they can be comprehended within the context of systematic theology.

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