Theme year 2013

Theme year 2013 - Reformation and Tolerance

tolerancePhoto: KalleJipp/photocaseSometimes one must explore new paths."Here I stand, I can do no other ..." This sentence, attributed to Luther, summarises the Reformer's claim of having a standpoint against all authorities and principles of his time. Not always did he concede this freedom to others. The Reformation has liberated faith from regulations and constraints, making it capable of action – however, it also took action against others who interpreted these newly found freedoms in a different way. Under the headline "Reformation and Tolerance", the theme year 2013 of the Luther Decade will examine the achievements as well as the downsides.

    “This is how the Reformation tastes” - ecumenical worship on Reformation Day

    It was by chance that the date for a worship of blessing at the Benedictine abbey of Münsterschwarzach fell on Reformation Day. Father Meinrad Dufner did not let this opportunity go by. Together with the Lutheran pastor Werner Schindelin he celebrated a special ecumenical church service.

    Picture gallery: Opening of the theme year 2013

    The Evangelical Church in Hesse and Nassau (EKHN) and the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) celebrated Reformation Day on October 31st, 2012, with a festive church service at the Trinity Church in Worms. During a ceremony, the new theme year of the Luther Decade, “Reformation and Tolerance”, was opened.

    Luther Decade starts into its theme year “Reformation and Tolerance”

    The theme year “Reformation and Tolerance” in preparation for the Reformation anniversary in 2017 has been opened with a festive church service on Reformation Day and a ceremony in the Dreifaltigkeitskirche in Worms.

    The bloody fight for the new faith

    " I would rather like to smell you being fried in your contrariness", one called towards the other. "Such muzzles must get their reply with the fist so that the blood runs from the nose", the other replied. They were both intolerant – the Reformers and their victims.

    Tolerant by virtue of faith

    An honest dispute about truth would also be a dispute of the interest of religions in each other. Such a dispute might help to alleviate future conflict.

    How much religion can democracy tolerate?

    A purely secular state would forego the debates that save it from the banalities of economy.

    Heidelberg Catechism: mediation has failed

    It was not a confession of tolerance, but nevertheless a serious attempt to arbitrate between Reformed and Lutheran Christians. A retrospective on 450 years of the Heidelberg Catechism.