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500 Year Reformation Anniversary to be Observed Globally

500 years of Reformation Martin Luther 95 Theses Anniversary Observation

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Reformation Anniversary






On October 31, 2017, Martin Luther’s recorded posting of the 95 theses on the door of the Wittenberger church castle celebrates its 500th anniversary. While celebrations in earlier centuries were kept national and confessional, the upcoming anniversary of the Revolution ought to be shaped by openness, freedom and ecumenism. In 2017 we aren’t just celebrating 500 years of the Reformation, but we are also reminded of the role the Reformation played in the development of the modern age. Therefore, the impulses that had effects even reaching into our modern age will gain center stage. What started in Wittenberg in the 16th century changed Germany, Europe and the whole world. 


That’s why the anniversary in 2017 is going to be celebrated as a global community from Tierra del Fuego to Finland, from South Korea to North America, in contrast to all the Luther and Reformation anniversaries before. International projects, such as traveling exhibitions and choirs, the corporation of charities and pastorates abroad, international congresses and tourism and much more bear witness to the worldwide dimensions of this anniversary. 




Martin Luther

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The principles of justice define an appropriate path between dogmatism and intolerance on the one side, and a reductionism which regards religion and morality as mere preferences on the other.   - John Rawls



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In England, we'll have to wait at least another 13 years for these Reformation anniversary events as the 1530's were the key period for Reformation here under Henry VIII.

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"The Proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains." - Karl Marx
"A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentleso temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another."  - Mao Zedong




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In England, we'll have to wait at least another 13 years for these Reformation anniversary events...


iIn Russia, we haven't wait at all, there was no any event that could serve as historical analogue of western reformation.


Other hand, today, 8 October, is another (537th) anniversary of the Great stand on the Ugra river. This was the LAST time when Tatar army led by khan Akhmat came to Russia for tribute and obedience, but faced with Muscovite army of Ivan III and retreated without crossing the river. And, despite all the hardships, never again since that day Russia was dependent from any foreign power. And for Tatars, it was beginning of the end, during next few generations their khanates were conquered by growing Russian tsardom...


IMHO exactly this event should be celebrated as our Independence Day. Alas, only very few remember.




PS yes, offtopic. But this event, too, shaped the modern world.

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