Between diversity and division, the legacy of the Reformation

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Abstract

This brief addresses the question whether present-day religious diversity in Europe can be seen as a distant legacy of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation, and if so, how we can benefit from this insight. It is observed that although the Reformation gave rise to serious division and diversity, there is no causal relation with current pluralism. Nevertheless, Reformation history might inspire modern people of different faiths to partner in common challenges and to exercise toleration instead of tolerance, since like diversity and division living in harmony is part of the human condition.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Reformation and Its Actual Political Consequences
EditorsRemi Gounelle, Matthias Smalbrugge
Number of pages3
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2018
EventEARS Conference, organized by the European Academy on Religion and Society, in close cooperation and under the high patronage of the Council of Europe: The Reformation and its Actual Political Consequences, Riga, October 30 2017 - National Library of Latvia, Riga, Latvia
Duration: 30 Oct 201730 Oct 2017

Conference

ConferenceEARS Conference, organized by the European Academy on Religion and Society, in close cooperation and under the high patronage of the Council of Europe
CountryLatvia
CityRiga
Period30/10/1730/10/17

Keywords

  • Protestant Reformation, legacy, religious diversity, toleration

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