Bo Kristian Holm: Reformationen. Tænkepauser 49. Aarhus: Aarhus Universitetsforlag, 2017.

På kun 60 sider får man i denne bog en indføring i de væsentligste sider af reformationen, dens baggrund og den samfundsmæssige virkning gennem fem små kapitler:1) Et tordenskrald og et hammerslag, 2) Reformationen kommer til Danmark, 3) Oprøret fra 'udkanten', 4) Reformationens motor, 5) Et godt samfund.

[Translate to English:] Nina Javette Kofoed: Reformationen i Danmark. Lovgivning og samfundsudvikling          

E-bogen Reformationen i Danmark. Lovgivning og samfundsudvikling handler om reformationens indførelse i Danmark og de spor, reformationens centrale teologiske budskaber kom til at trække i samfundsudviklingen.

E-bogen er udgivet i samarbejde med med støtte fra Præsidiet for Reformationsjubilæet 2017.

Bo Kristian Holm: Reformationen i Danmark. Teologi og kultur

E-bogen Reformationen i Danmark. Teologi og kultur handler om de teologiske spørgsmål, der satte den lutherske reformation i gang, og om de svar, som først og fremmest Martin Luther gav, der fik betydning for kultur og samfund.

E-bogen er udgivet i samarbejde med med støtte fra Præsidiet for Reformationsjubilæet 2017.

Bo Kristian Holm & Nina Javette Kofoed (eds.):  Lutheran Theology and the Shaping of Society: The Danish Monarchy as Example (Planned for publication January 2018).

From different perspectives this book studies the role of Reformation theology in the shaping of Danish society and the social dimensions of Lutheran confessional culture.

Table of contents: Bo Kristian Holm & Nina Javette Koefoed: Studying the Impact of Lutheranism on Societal Development: An Introduction · Theodor Dieter: Interpretation of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses on the Power of Indulgences · Vítor Westhelle: Faith and Love: The Lutheran Shaping of the Social Imaginary · Hans-Martin Gutmanm: Intimacy, Shame, Justification: Martin Luther’s Theology as an Answer to the Early Modern Crises of Communalization and Individualization ·  Bo Kristian Holm: Dynamic Tensions in the Social imaginaries of the Reformation  · Sasja Emilie Mathiasen Stopa: ”Honor Your Father and Mother:” The Influence of Honour on Luther’s Conception of Society · Candace Kohli: The Prince, the Priest, and the Spirit in Cahoots? Towards a Resolution of the Moral Paradox in Luther's Theological Anthropology in light of his Political Theology · Thomas Kaufmann: Lutheran Academic Culture in Early Modernity – some remarks · Mattias Skat Sommer: Three Estates and Three Uses of the Law in Niels Hemmingsen’s Liffsens Vey · Svend Andersen: Two Kingdoms, Three Estates, and Natural Law · Gorm Harste: A Culture of Sovereignty: The Constitutionalization of a Danish Mythology · Rasmus Skovgaard Jacobsen: The Burden of the Highborn: The nobility and the Evangelical-Lutheran Confession in late sixteenth century Denmark · Laura Katrine Skinnebach: Family Matters: Family and the formation of the Early Lutheran Devotional Sensorium in Denmark · Agnes Arnórsdóttir:Marriage Regulations in Denmark and Iceland 1550–1650: With a Special Focus on Change in the Practice of Marital Gift Giving and the Ideal of Motherhood · Søren Feldtfos Thomsen: Marital Love, Marital Obedience: Gender and Vocation in Danish Household Manuals and Prayer Books after the Reformation ·  Nina Javette Koefoed: Social relations and identities in the Lutheran Household.

Jens Rasmussen, Martin Wangsgaard Jürgensen, Tine Reeh & Carsten Bach-Nielsen (red.): Reformationshistoriske Studier, særudgave af Kirkehistoriske Samlinger, 2017

Ved 500-året for den lutherske reformations begyndelse udkommer Kirkehistoriske Samlinger i en særlig jubilæumsudgave. Det årlige nummer af Danmarks eneste videnskabelige, kirkehistoriske tidsskrift er i anledningen en antologi af artikler, der vedrører reformationen og dens arv i Danmark. Desuden udkommer Kirkehistoriske Samlinger 2017 også i en selvstændig særudgave, Reformationshistoriske Studier.

Årbogen for 2017 rummer flere interessante studier. Kaare Rübner Jørgensens artikel er en dybtgående analyse af, hvorvidt den ene af de to tyske teologer, der skulle hjælpe med at stå reformationen imod var franciskaneren dr. Nicolus Herborn fra Køln. Årbogen rummer tillige bidrag om reformationen på Gotland, om Reformationens vej vestpå til England. Desuden en studie i 1800-tallets præstegårdskultur, hvor diskussionen stod om den rette lutherske lære – samt en afsøgende artikel om, hvorvidt alle bevægelser, der kalder sig lutherske i Danmark, nu også virkelig er lutherske?

Blandt årbogens mindre stykker kan man læse om, at Luthers slægt måske døde ud i Breklum i Vestslesvig i slutningen af 1600-tallet. Redaktøren, lektor Carsten Bach-Nielsen fortæller denne spændende historie.

Kirkehistoriske Samlinger 2017, årbog udgivet af Selskabet for Danmarks Kirkehistorie.




Per Ingesman (ed.): Religion as an Agent of Change

Leiden: Brill 2016.

Throughout the history of mankind religion has been a creative and innovative factor of great strength, able to change societies, create new cultures, and shape strong identities. In Religion as an Agent of Change leading historians and Church historians discuss religion as a driving force in historical development on the basis of three particular cases from the history of Christianity in Western Europe: the Crusades, the Reformation, and Pietism. The empirical case studies in the book present important results and viewpoints from new research in these three historical phenomena, to a large degree undertaken in our own generation, thus establishing a solid foundation for further scholarly discussions about the role of the Christian religion as a driving force in history.   

Contributors to the volume are: Arne Bugge Amundsen, Ole Peter Grell, Martin H. Jung, Thomas Kaufmann, Fred van Lieburg, Christoph T. Maier, Peter Marshall, Hugh McLeod, Jonathan Phillips, Felicitas Schmieder, and John Wolffe.

Lutherrenaissance: Past and Present

The great flourishing of interest in Luther’s religious experience and thought in Berlin at the turn of the twentieth century was known as the Lutherrenaissance, an extraordinarily generative moment of scholarly creativity within the Lutheran tradition. Thinkers such as Holl, Harnack and Otto took up questions that would reverberate throughout twentieth century religious and theological inquiry, on the nature of history, for instance, dialectical theology, and the question of mysticism in religious experience. The Lutherrenaissance also planted the seeds of a political theology that contributed to the alliance of Lutheran theologians with National Socialism. Contributors to this volume, attentive to both to the rich contributions of the Lutherrenaissance and its darker consequences, open an unprecedented conversation across the century. Contributors aim to bring the critical insights of that period to bear on key questions in the study of religion and theology today, with particular attention to the global context within which present day scholars work. 

Authors: Heinrich Assel, Christine Põder, Peter Widmann, Else Marie Wiberg Pedersen, Peter Grove, Bo Kristian Holm, Jörg Lauster, Ronald F. Thiemann, Christine Helmer, Marit Trelstad og Allen G. Jorgenson.

Editors: Christine Helmer, Northwestern, Evanston, IL & Bo Kristian Holm, Aarhus.

Heresy and Histography (PhD dissertation)

The dissertation is a comparative study of two church histories: Das Platonisch=Hermetische Christenthum (1690/1691) by Lutheran orthodox theologian and church historian Ehregott Daniel Colberg (1659-1698) and the Unpartheyische Kirchen= und Ketzer=Historie (1699/1700) by radical pietistic theologian and church historian Gottfried Arnold (1666-1714). The analysis is intended to elucidate the texts’ negotiation of the relationship between historical criticism and religious ideology in the portrayals of Reformation and post-Reformation groups and individuals traditionally perceived as heretical, such as the Anabaptists and the Quakers. The goal is thus to contribute to a fuller understanding of the relationship between critical, comparative historiography and religious apologetics and polemics in the Protestant historiographical and heresiological literature of the German Frühaufklärung.

Religionsvidenskabeligt Tidsskrift (no. 59)

The question of heresy plays an important role in the history of Protestantism. Not only were the Protestants accused of heresy, they themselves eagerly denounced their opponents as heretical. The image of Roman-Catholicism as a heretical perversion of the apostolic church was thus integral to Protestant identity, just as enthusiasts, Anabaptists and witches posed a challenged to the social and theological boundaries of the Protestant movement in its formative years. The purpose of this special issue of Religionsvidenskabeligt Tidsskrift is to explore the question of heresy in relation to Protestantism.

Content: ’Kætteri som aksetids- og semiotisk fænomen’ (’Heresy as an axial age- and semiotic phenomenon’) by Anders Klostergaard Petersen, ’Reformationens tøvende omfortolkning af kætterbegrebet’ (’The gradual transformation of heresy during the Reformation’) by Bo Kristian Holm and Søren Feldtfos Thomsen, ’Kætterbegrebet i den danske reformationstid’ (’The concept of heresy in the Danish Reformation’) by Martin Schwarz Lausten, ’De besmittede og de skyldige: Om kætteri og trolddom i det efter-reformatoriske Danmark’ (The impure and the guilty: On heresy and witchcraft in post-Reformation Denmark’) by Louise Nyholm Kallestrup and ’At være eller ikke at være luthersk: Kætteri i en moderne kontekst’ (’To be or not to be Lutheran: Heresy in a modern context’) by Marie Vejrup Nielsen.

The articles are revised versions of lectures given at the research seminar ‘Protestantisme og Kætteri’ (Protestantism and Heresy’) on October 12th, 2011, at the Faculty of Theology, Aarhus University, arranged by PhD scholar Søren Feldtfos Thomsen.

Christine Helmer og Bo Kristian Holm (eds.): Transformations in Luther’s Theology. Historical and Contemporary Reflections

New research on Luther focuses on his exciting potential to be a dialogue partner for religion and theology today. This edited collection considers how Luther’s most important reformation-theological insights have been interpreted and understood throughout the past century and how his key theological ideas can be recontextualized by contemporary global issues.
Luther’s theology is ultimately relevant to the political, economic, and justice-dimensions of human flourishing.

Contributions to the book are written by Philipp Stoellger, Friederike Nüssel, Heinrich Assel, Paul R. Hinlicky, Christine Helmer, Peter Widmann, Risto Saarinen, Jan-Olav Henriksen, Michael Welker, Hartmut Rosenau, Elisabeth Gerle, Vítor Westhelle og Svend Andersen. Christine Helmer and Bo Holm have written the introduction.

Leipzig: Evangelische Verlagsanstalt Leipzig 2011

Svend Andersen: Macht aus Liebe (2010) 

The relationship between religion and politics has received increased attention in recent time. For religious traditions, this increased attention has been cause to reflect on their position regarding political life. Is it permissible for a religious person to engage in political life at all? Should he or she attempt to impose his religious views on the entire society? This book deals with Luther’s reflections on the relation between his religious views and politics. Luther understands political authority as a reflecting a God-given natural order. Christians are called to practice neighborly love also in political life. In Luther’s view, politics consists in the conversion of love into power. Can this idea still be defended today? 
“[...] dieses Buch, dessen Verdienst ohne Zweifel darin besteht, die theologische Frage nach einer politischen Ethik in großer Klarheit in die gegenwärtige Diskussion einzubringen.“
Michael Coors in: Theologische Literaturzeitung 136/2 (2011)

Bo Kristian Holm and Peter Widmann (eds.): Word – Gift – Being (2009)

Focusing on the relationship between justification, gift-economy and ontology, this volume addresses fundamental issues in contemporary Reformation theology with an impact on the understanding of creation theology, human passivity/activity, self-giving, the concept of excess, and generosity. This volume brings the discussion of the role of studies in exchanging gifts into a Lutheran context, offering necessary clarifications on Lutheran thinking and Lutheran perspectives on existing discussions in other traditions. With its focus on gift-economy and ontology, this volume provides new perspectives on the core of Lutheran theology and identifies the crucial issues.
“[...] this volume is bound to have an important role in postmodernLutheran theology.”
Mark Mattes in: Lutheran Quarterly XXV (2011)
„ [...] diese sorgfältig dokumentierte Forschungsdiskurs [öffnet] neue und fruchtbare Fragehinsichten [...]“
Heinrich Assel in: Theologische Literaturzeitung 136/6 (2011)

Christine Svinth-Værge Põder: Doxologische Entzogenheit (2009)

This study advances the thesis that prayer can be understood as the key to the fundamental structures of Karl Barth's Church Dogmatics. A particular focus is on the question of how humans are to be perceived as active and receptive subjects in the encounter with God. In the development of the argument, therefore, a key function is attributed to the concept of reciprocity. In this horizon, the relationship is analysed between the petition - which for Barth is central - and the response (as a realisation of the divine relationship). In this, the encounter with God is realised positively through the petition expressing human neediness by the prayer turning into praise. Here, a fundamental hermeneutic structure of Barth's is revealed - Barth wants to do justice to the religious experience in prayer by the very act of not thematising it. It is, however, rehearsed indirectly through the dogmatic statements of his theology.

Bo Kristian Holm: Gabe und Geben bei Luther (2006)

The author uses the cultural anthropological understanding of an ‘economy of the gift’ (reciprocity) to show how in Martin Luther’s writings, especially between 1518 and 1522, his doctrine of justification cannot be formulated without the idea of a re-established mutuality between God and man. Luther’s newly-gained understanding of mutuality enables him to develop his positive understanding of the Christian person and for the frequent parallels he draws between Christology and anthropology. 
“Holms Lutherarbeit liest man […] mit großen gewinn“
Helmut Hoping in: Theologische Literaturzeitung 133 (2008)