On Sunday 5 November at 7 pm there will be a panel discussion on ‘What did the Reformations Ever do for Us?’ This is just one of many interesting events through Northern Ireland, marking the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Belfast South Methodist describes it this way:
On 31st October 1517 the German monk Martin Luther nailed what are known as his “Ninety-five Theses” on the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Saxony. This act is popularly regarded as the start of “the Reformation” which effectively overturned the established religious and political order of western Europe. However in many ways the reformations (plural) did not start with Luther and certainly didn’t end with him, with Calvin taking things in a different, and arguably more influential direction some years later, the anabaptists taking a more radical approach, the English church going its own way due to Henry VIII’s marital difficulties among other reasons, and the Catholic church reforming itself. But what has all this done for us in the long run. In this panel discussion chaired by Rev. Dr. Johnston McMaster, we will be looking at the ongoing implications of the various church reformations, with contributions from different denominational and theological perspectives including Fr. Eddie O’Donnell (Roman Catholic), Cathy Dickson (Presbyterian) and Stephan Arras (Lutheran). All welcome.