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

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

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…

The altar-like memorial of Jørgen Rosenkrantz and Dorte Lange with their children in Hornslet Church. Photo by Rasmus Skovgaard Jakobsen.

27.09.2018 | Forskning

Do you not know that staring is considered rude! Two dutiful nobles in a Danish parish church

After the Reformation, the Danish nobility began producing memorials featuring nobles staring directly at the congregation. In this blog entry, I will argue that these staring nobles do not just tell us about a new painting style, because the pictures can also be studied as an image of the elite’s incorporation of Lutheran confessional culture in…

Snippet of banishment case against Svend Møller and wife (Tryggevælde Mølle, Karise), 25 June 1710. Source: Ulldal 293, 4. Synodalia Rochildensia.

23.08.2018 | Forskning

The Social Significance of the Eucharist in Early Modern Denmark

In many ways, the practice of the Eucharist in early modern Denmark was a feature of the efforts made to build stable communities. On the one hand, participating in the Eucharist was a way of affirming and protecting the community. On the other hand, social isolation and ultimately banishment was the harshest punishment a person who neglected the…

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

fre 14 dec
10:00-13:00 | Aarhus Universitet - Bygning 1463, lokale 515
Seminar: ”Kiere Barn, vil du ikke gierne være lykkelig på Jorden og salig i Himmelen?” – Synd, samvittighed og samfundsforståelse i 1700-tallets danske katekismusforklaringer
tir 18 dec
16:45-18:15 | Aarhus Universitet - Bygning 1461, lokale 516
EPCOT-Afslutningsseminar
man 11 feb
10:00-15:00 | Aarhus University: Building 1422, Preben Hornung Stuen, Frederik Nielsens Vej 2 8000 Aarhus C
LUMEN Symposium: Confession and Social Responsibility