Event to mark milestone of Protestant Reformation

It has been 500 years since Martin Luther famously nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany on Oct. 31 — an event regarded as the start of the Protestant Reformation.

Brock’s Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (MARS) and Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary will mark the occasion with a joint event on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at the seminary, located on the northeast corner of the Brock campus.

The event, held at the seminary from 3 to 4:30 p.m, will include a tour of the rare book collection, which contains volumes dating back to the early 16th century. Works by prominent theologians such as Martin Luther, Johann Arndt, Christian Scriver and Wilhelm Loehe are included in the collection.

“Our centre is pleased to commemorate in a small way the 500th anniversary of the Ninety-Five Theses,” said Professor Ernesto Virgulti, Director of MARS.

Brock History Professor Michael Dreidger, who teaches a course on Reformation history, and Concordia’s Historical Theology Professor John Stephenson will be speaking at the event.

“In all, this is a very unique experience for MARS and history students,” says Virgulti.

All are welcome to attend.

Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary is an affiliated graduate college of Brock University. The library is open to all Brock University students.

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