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From time to time, our blog author, Mike Malone, will contribute to the conversation around the continued cultural, social, political and intellectual relevance of the Reformation. Access to the blogs is only for those who have accepted the invitation to conversation by becoming members of invitationtoconversation.org  Once you become a member of this site you will have full access to the blog including the opportunity to contribute to the conversation by making comments and offering feedback to blog posts. 

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To the extent we think of the Reformation today, we may be tempted to regard the complex cultural, social, political and religious change that emerged from this long past event as part of a distant, largely irrelevant world to which we can no longer relate. Albeit submerged deep in our consciousness or seldom expressed explicitly, our identity in the present has been formed, molded and shaped by historically distant events and ideas in ways that call us to better understand ourselves in light of our past. Especially, for those who self-identify as Lutheran, this is most certainly true.

 

The fact that over seventy four million people in the world today self-identify as Lutheran begs the need for conversation stimulated by ideas that began to emerge 500 years ago. The world, and worldwide practice of Christianity, continues to change. For the first time in a thousand years, the center of Christianity has shifted to the global south. Namibia, has an active majority Lutheran population as do other African countries such as Eriteria, Ethiopia, Madagascar, and Tanzania, while church attendance in European countries like Germany remains low and in decline. 

How can we learn and more fully understand who we are in the present in light of our past? What value should we place on ideas and events that occurred so long ago given how much the world has changed and become more complex in the 500 years since the Reformation? 

The invitation to conversation stimulated by ideas offers the opportunity to explore these and your own related questions in a variety of ways through a rich array of resources. Follow the blog published by Mike Malone, pursue the links on the ideas and information page, or explore language resources to equip you to read or speak German in order to enrich your engagement of others in conversation.

 

Here, you can casually explore answers to your own questions or dive into the deep end of the pool as your time and your curiosity permit. 

Curious now? Take a moment to explore the contemporary relevance of the archway pictured at left through which a contingent of fellow travelers rode through in April 1530.

Check back from time to time, like the world in which we live today and the fascinating, complex world of the Reformation 500 years ago, new resources and new ideas will be added in the hope you will not only accept the invitation to conversation stimulated by ideas, but become engaged in that conversation. 

 

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