LUMEN – Center

LUMEN centret arbejder for at udvikle en ambitiøs og innovativ interdisciplinær platform for studiet af konfessionelle og kulturelle karakteristika ved den lutherske reformation og dens indflydelse på teologi, mentalitet, kultur og samfund, særligt i de nordiske lande. Med det udgangspunkt vil centret bidrage til den teoretiske diskussion om protestantismens betydning for individ og samfund.

Behovet for viden om religioners positive og negative indflydelse på samfundsudvikling er blevet påtrængende såvel for forskningen, som for den almindelige samfundsdiskussion. Det er et mål for centeret at bidrage metodisk og teoretisk til den internationale diskussion af religion som drivkraft i historisk udvikling og af hvordan religions indflydelse på samfundsudvikling og samfundsinstitutioner overhovedet kan undersøges. De nordiske lande, som i internationalt perspektiv på mange måder repræsenterer et særtilfælde i dag, er netop også kendetegnet ved en langvarig luthersk prægning. LUMEN-centret arbejder ud fra den tese, at de nuværende teorier om protestantisme, der især bygger på forskning i den calvinske tradition, ikke fuldt ud begriber de relevante aspekter i forhold til relationen mellem religion og stat, samfund og individ i de luthersk prægede lande.

LUMEN-centrets medlemmer kommer fra Middelalder- og Renæssancearkæologi, Filosofi, Historie, Idéhistorie, Kirkehistorie, Kunsthistorie, Praktisk Teologi, Systematisk Teologi og Statskundskab

Blog

From 2015 until end of 2017 LUMEN had a blog with a new entry every week. The blog was in Danish and aimed at a broader public. It communicated new research from our interdisciplinary research on Lutheran theology, confessional culture, and its impact on society. It was great fun to write the blog entries – and very valuable for our research – so we don’t want to let the blog die just because the reformation anniversary is over. Therefore, we have decided to relaunch the blog, now presented in English on a monthly basis. We will continue to present the LUMEN Centre’s latest work, but reflect to a greater extent on theoretical, methodical, and empirical elements of the research.

Just in time for summer reading. The new book on Lutheran Theology and the shaping of socieity (Photo: LUMEN/bkh)

06.07.2018 | Forskning

Lutheran Theology and the Shaping of Society

The connection between religion on the one hand, and social change and the formation of societies on the other hand, has been steadily attracting interest in recent years. The complex relationship and mutual dependency between confessional forces and societal development lies at the very heart of the interdisciplinary LUMEN-center at Aarhus…

Altarpiece from Torslunde Church outside Copenhagen, 1561. It depicts the reconfigures Sunday Service in the Danish Lutheran State Church. 
Currently on display at the National Museum in Copenhagen.

04.06.2018 | Forskning

Practicing theory – how contemporary theory can illuminate 500-year-old liturgical texts

One very famous result of the Reformation is often summed up in the statement that Luther helped reemphasize the congregation as the centre of Eucharistic practice. Most discourse on the subject highlights this transformation as a theological change but applying contemporary practice theory can help to reveal that the change is also performative…

The Ten Commandments. Lucas Cranach d. Ältere (1516)

16.04.2018 | Forskning

Why Early Modern historians should know their catechism

The first blog-entry is written by historian Nina Javette Koefoed. She reflects on the value of a more specific knowledge of theology, in this case the catechism, to her research on household, authority and socio-emotional relations.

Arrangementer

ons 19 sep
12:00-15:00 | Aarhus University- Building 1453, room 415
”Versöhnung and Aussöhnung Today” Seminar with Heinrich Assel
man 24 sep
12:00-18:00 | Moesgaard Museum, Building 4240 Room 302
LUMEN Seminar with Heinrich Assel: ”The Academic Potentials of Social Imaginaries”
tir 02 okt
10:30-15:00 | Aarhus University - Building 1461, room 515
LUMEN Colloquium with Heinrich Assel: ”The Relation Between Liturgy and Soceity”

Centerleder

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