Sixth Annual RefoRC Conference 2016 Copenhagen

Event Date: 
26 May 2016 to 28 May 2016

The Sixth Annual RefoRC Conference 2016 will be held May 26-28, 2016 and will hosted by the University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Theology.



Theme of Plenary Papers

The theme of the plenary papers is: 'Church' at the time of the Reformation - Invisible community, visible parish, confession, building…?

The Reformation was launched not the least due to discussions of the church. Whereas Erasmus tried to argue for an irenic pneumatological concept of church within the papal institution, Luther's criticism of the papacy gave rise to his thinking about the church as a creation of the word, creatura verbi. With roots in Augustine, Zwingli pondered the relation between visible and invisible church, whereas Calvin focused upon the church-institution as the mother of all saints, piorum omnium mater. The concept of church eminently mirrored the theological diversities in the age of Reformation, and it lay under the establishment of the many different 16th century church institutions.

The conference aims at a clarification and a discussion of the different concepts of church in the 16th century: What did the reformers think about the essence and origin of the holy, apostolic and Catholic church? What was seen as its aim, its purpose? Can human beings see the true church or not? Does it have one existence in this world and another in the world to come? The concept of church is indissolubly connected to the theological concepts of sin, faith, justification, sanctification, and salvation, and the study of it also involves reflections such as those of the nature and scope of the sacraments, the role of the clergy, the aim of the church-buildings, the significance of the inventory and the reflections upon the constituent parts of the mass/church service.

Finally and not least it is important to investigate the role of the church in the societies of the 16th century, such as the impact of the ruling power upon them, their significance for education and social cohesion, and the cultural significance of migrating believers, on the run within and beyond the borders of Europe. Together with theological, philosophical and art historical questions, these issues need to be considered in order to create a full picture of the concept of church at the time of the Reformation.

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Submission date for papers: 
15 Feb 2016