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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

LUMEN regularly publishes new blog entries on theoretical, methodical, and empirical elements of its ongoing research.

Poor Panel from Sct Peter’s Church in Næstved from 1633 urging people to give to the poor with the promise of God’s blessing – but this should be understood as a blessing in this world. The obligation to give to the poor followed from the seventh commandment  (By the courtesy of Museum Sydøstdanmark).

25.04.2019 | Forskning

The Ten Commandments and good work

Right from the outset, Luther’s attack on works righteousness was criticised for the implication that people were thereby released from the obligation to do good work. The logic of this criticism was that people will stop doing good work if doing good work has no influence on their salvation. Simultaneously, the religious obligation placed on the…

14.02.2019 | Forskning

"Social imaginaries" as a tool for interdisciplinary Reformation research

For some time, our research group in LUMEN has been investigating the possible impact of the Reformation upon the formation of society. The challenging aspect has been to find ways to investigate the impact that ideas (in this case religion in the form of a specific confession) have had on societal development and the everyday life of ordinary…

Emotions are culturally understood as positive or negative. Laziness was in Luther’s catechism described as a negative emotion, connected to disobedience and an un-Christian life, opposite to the good life. Photo from ”Colourbox.com”

22.11.2018 | Forskning

Understanding an un-Christian life through negative emotions

In this post I suggest that negative emotions described in the religious literature as an element in an un-Christian life can bring us closer to an understanding of what was deemed to be an un-Christian life in early modern Denmark. I argue that this will enable us to gain a deeper understanding not only of norms, values and responsibilities…

Arrangementer

tir 21 maj
13:15-15:30 | Aarhus Universitet, Nobelparken, 1453-415
Seminar: A new climate for theology. New paradigms and perspectives in protest/stant theology
ons 22 maj
08:30-10:00 | Nobelparken, 1453-415 (Bed og arbejd)
Morgenmøde
tir 28 maj
10:00-14:00 | Aarhus Universitet, Nobelparken, 1461-516
Seminar: Det fromme subjekt - de helliges samfund - den gudgivne autoritet. Pietistiske strømningers betydning for forståelsen af samfund og autoritet i 1700-tallets nordiske enevoldsstater.