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Reformation Panel

October 30, 20177:00-9:00 PM

These are free events.

October 30th:
Dech Chapel at Evangelical Seminary
121 South College Street
Myerstown, PA 17067

November 14th:
Young Center at Elizabethtown College, Hoover 212
One Alpha Drive
Elizabethtown, PA 17022

PANEL PRESENTATION
Three Views of Reform: Luther, Calvin, Swiss Anabaptists  

Three scholars will mark the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation with a panel discussion examining the visions of Martin Luther, John Calvin and Swiss Anabaptists for reforming Christianity. The presenters will explore the three different paths emerging from this time of intense religious debate that continues to influence Christianity today. Vince Evener will explore how Martin Luther charted a course for reform distinct from Roman Catholic, Calvinist, and Anabaptist expressions of Christianity. Luther’s view of reform was built upon the foundational doctrinal claim that salvation comes by grace alone, through faith alone; from this foundation, Luther worked to transform individual and corporate Christian life in rich and complex ways, seeking to ensure that doctrine, devotion, worship, and social life expressed and cultivated Christians’ trust in God alone for eternal salvation, and even for temporal well-being. Mark Draper will address the ways in which the Reformed Reformations in Zurich and Geneva took on different forms from the Lutheran and Radical Reformations. He will also address the legacy of the Reformation in regard to the relationships among descendants of the various reformation movements. Jeff Bach will discuss how Anabaptists in Zurich envisioned a biblical vision of reform that incorporated faith in Christ’s grace and its power to lead believers in discipleship. He will also address the group’s choice to adopt adult baptism and form a community of discipleship.

 

Evener is instructor in Reformation and Luther studies at United Lutheran Seminary and the coeditor of Protestants and Mysticism in Reformation Europe (due from Brill in 2018). He is completing a book manuscript titled “Enemies of the Cross”: Suffering and Salvation in the Reformation” and has published numerous articles on Luther and other reformers.

 

 

Draper is executive director of the Pense Learning Center at Evangelical Seminary and assistant professor of historical theology. His research interests include the history of evangelicalism and eighteenth- and nineteenth-century evangelical social reformers and theologians such as Jonathan Edwards, John Wesley and Gilbert Haven.

 

 

 

Bach is director of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies and teaches courses on the history of Anabaptist and Pietist groups and communal societies at Elizabethtown College. He is the author of Voices of the Turtledoves: The Sacred World of Ephrata and coauthor with Michael Birkel of Genius of the Transcendent: Mystical Writings of Jakob Boehme.

 

Event hosts:

October 30th:
Dech Chapel at Evangelical Seminary
121 South College Street
Myerstown, PA 17067
717.866.5775

November 14th:
Young Center at Elizabethtown College, Hoover 212
One Alpha Drive
Elizabethtown, PA 17022
7:30 PM
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