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From 30 July to 4 August 2017 the 13th International Congress for Lutheran Studies takes place in Lutherstadt Wittenberg. The congress is devoted to the topic “1517. Luther between tradition and renewal “the beginnings of the Reformation.

The annual figure serves as a focus within which previous developments and other effects are to be considered. Of course, the theses against the indulgence of October 31, 1517, are thoroughly appreciated, but also other aspects: the roots of Luther in the Bible and the piety of the late Middle Ages, as well as the unfolding of the emerging new theology in preaching and pastoral care. In addition to the historical treatment of the past, the question of how to deal with Luther and impulses for the future is also the subject of the discussion.

The work form consists of plenary lectures on the one hand and smaller work-intensive seminars on the other. As usual there is also the possibility to present your own scientific projects.


The Thirteenth International Congress for Lutheran Research will take place in Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany, from July 30 to August 4, 2017. The Congress will explore the beginnings of the Reformation with the theme, “1517. Luther between Tradition and Renewal. “1517 provides a focus within the Lutheran tradition. Clearly, Luther’s 95 Theses (October 31, 1517) is a book of the Bible in the Bible In sermon and pastoral work. Current ways of understanding Luther’s and his life’s work.

The Congress will include plenary addresses as well as intense, sharply-focused seminars . As is customary, participants will have the opportunity to present their own research projects.

Professor Ronald K. Rittgers is the Erich Markel Chair in German Reformation Studies and professor of History and Theology at Valparaiso University. He will be speaking at the Luther Congress in Wittenberg, Germany. The lecture is titled “Martin Luther: Prophet of Evangelical Suffering”.  Rittgers is past-president of the American Society of Church History.