Cultural Impact of the Reformation: Section III.11

Political Protestantism. Beyond a History of Progress or Decline

Everhard Holtmann and Christian Senkel


Tuesday, 8th of August 2017, Leucorea, Seminar room 6

2.30–3.15 p.m. Arnulf von Scheliha: Der politische Protestantismus zwischen Populismus und parlamentarischer Demokratie

3.30–4.15 p.m. Yuri Ivonin: From Reformation to Confessionalization. England and Dukes of Saxony in 1555-1560

4.30–5.15 p.m. David W. Hall:  Calvin, Calvinism, and the Trajectory of Republicanism. A Reception History

5.30–6.15 p.m. Andreas Suchanek: The Idea of an Ethical Compass


Wednesday, 9th of August 2017, Leucorea, Seminar room 6

2.30–3.15 p.m. Pietro Stori: Reformation und Staat bei Hegel

3.30–4.15 p.m. Laura Achtelstetter: Protestantismus und preußischer Altkonservatismus

4.30–5.15 p.m. Arne Lademann: Theologiegeschichtliche Abgrenzungen und sozialethischer Neuaufbruch. Emanuel Hirschs frühe Parteinahme für Luthers Rechtfertigungslehre


Thursday, 10th of August 2017, Leucorea, Seminar room 6

2.30–3.15 p.m. Simon Kerwagen: Theologie der Revolution? Geschichts-, Gesellschafts- und Reformationsdeutung im Umfeld der 68er Jahre

3.30–4.15 p.m. Alf Christophersen: Die Leistungskraft des Protestantismus im Gefüge einer Politischen Ethik der Weltreligionen

4.30–5.15 p.m. Verena Schneider: Wirkungen des Protestantismus auf Einstellungen und Wertorientierungen. Ein Vergleich der Entwicklungen in den USA und in Deutschland


Political self-perception in Protestantism encompasses a wide spectrum. Even up to now, convictions and attitudes can be found in church and society which see Protestantism in a particular political-ethical light, linking it to a high variety of constitutional, governmental and party political preferences as well as concepts of social life. These convictions and practices incline to a symbolic politics whose relationship to core elements of protestant faith this section intends to examine. This question is very relevant, in particular because the rise of political modernity took anything but a direct path from the Reformation to a democratic constitution and society.

The section attempts to focus on a descriptive approach to political Protestantism. However, each discipline concerned by this issue is confronted with its own tradition of interpreting the political field. Since the 18th century, antagonistic positions recall the Reformation, in order to proclaim or establish propositions and practices as continuations or fulfilments of the Reformation. To resist all too simple normative implications (and theses of ›impact‹), the section welcomes approaches which unravel the entanglements of religion and theology from the political, but also avoid the extremes of a history of progress or decline.

Kulturelle Wirkungen der Reformation

7 to 11 August 2017

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