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Exploring the Reformation’s impact on Church and Culture

November 4, 2017 No Comment

Luther plays music with his family, joined by their friend Melanchthon (19th century illustration).

ONLINE – Lutheran Church–Canada’s (LCC) Reformation anniversary website has published a series of essays exploring the Reformation’s impact on church and culture.

Essays published so far touch on issues of literacy, visual art, music, and liturgy. Rev. Ted Giese explores the creation of church art in relation to Martin Luther’s theology. Rev. William Weedon, Director of Worship for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, discusses the conservative approach Lutherans took to the reform of worship. Marion Timm details the impact Luther had on the evolution of music, touching on his own hymns as well as his influence on later composers. And Rev. Dr. David Somers explores how Luther’s translation of the Bible into German dramatically changed literacy and literature in Europe.

The series of essays complements numerous other resources available on www.reformation2017.ca. Other essays on the website explore the significance of each book in the Lutheran Confessions, the six chief parts of Luther’s Small Catechism, and prominent figures from Reformation history. You can also explore an interactive timeline of Reformation history and download various personal and congregational resources, including posters, reading plans, worship resources, video studies, and more.

Those interested in the teachings of the Reformation and who want to learn more can also use the website to find a Lutheran Church–Canada congregation near them.