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Reformation 500 Observances

As the second oldest Lutheran college in the USA, the mission statement of Roanoke College declares that we “honor our Christian heritage by nurturing a dialogue between faith and reason.” In this spirit, Roanoke College announces a series of special academic events from late 2016 through the anniversary year 2017 in commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and in coordination with the 175th anniversary of the college’s founding.

The design of these observances marking the posting of the Ninety-Five Theses by Martin Luther in 1517 is ecumenical and forward-looking as we seek to learn from Catholic, Pentecostal, Orthodox, Reformed, Evangelical, Jewish and secular perspectives as well as from interdisciplinary panels composed of Roanoke College faculty and symposia sponsored by the Department of Religion and Philosophy. The panels and symposia are open to all students, faculty and staff who find the designated topics of interest. The free public lectures aimed at a general audience will be presented by internationally recognized experts, assuring the highest level of scholarly treatment of issues and questions involved in consideration of the heritage of the Reformation for us today.

The public is cordially invited to any and all of the public events listed below. As a rule, the public lectures begin at 6pm and run for 45 minutes. No tickets are required, unless otherwise noted. A half-hour dessert reception intervenes before a panel of Roanoke faculty and other invited guests respond to the lecturer. Then the floor is opened for audience questions and comments, finishing no later than 8:30pm. We expect this format to stimulate memory and advance critical appreciation of one of the watershed events of Western civilization and its religious culture.

Artistic and musical celebrations will be announced by the fall of 2016.

Professor Paul R. Hinlicky

Crumley Lecture: Scholarship as a Christian Calling - Dr. Mickey Mattox

In this lecture, Dr. Mickey Mattox, a historical theologian and expert on the life and theology of Martin Luther, retrieves this understanding for society today and the social-ethical responsibility of the academy with it.

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Date | Time: Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | 7:30 PM
Location: Antrim Chapel, Roanoke College

Paul Hinlicky Book Celebration: "Luther vs. Pope Leo: A Conversation in Purgatory"

What if history had turned out differently? What if Martin Luther and Pope Leo X had died simultaneously...and awoke together in Purgatory! Imagine that! Come explore theologian Paul Hinlicky's work in historical fiction, which he calls 'an ecumenical fantasy'.

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Date | Time: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 | 8:45 AM
Location: Kime, Roanoke College

Interdisciplinary Panel: Martin Luther on Vocation

Dr. Mickey Mattox discusses Luther's concept of vocation and its impact

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Date | Time: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 | 4:00 PM
Location: Kime, Colket Center

Martin Luther and Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dr. Michael DeJonge analyzes of famous German martyr's relationship to the Reformation legacy.

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Date | Time: Thursday, October 12, 2017 | 6:00 PM
Location: Wortmann Ballroom, Colket Center, Roanoke College

Symposium: “Religionless Christianity”

Dr. Michael DeJonge: making sense of Bonhoeffer's famous end of life idea about Christianity without religion

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Date | Time: Friday, October 13, 2017 | 4:00 PM
Location: Kime, Colket Center

Is Democratic Capitalism Sustainable?

Is the democratic state the only institution powerful enough and legitimate enough to constrain the market? Or is the democratic state also for sale?

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Date | Time: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | 4:00 PM
Location: Kime, Colket Center

Martin Luther and Johann Sebastian Bach

Dr. Jeffrey Sandborg: religious motifs in Bach's music legacy and appropriation of Luther's theology.

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Date | Time: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 | 6:00 PM
Location: Wortmann Ballroom, Colket Center, Roanoke College