The Spirit of the Reformation: 500 Years On

Posted on Sep 30, 2017 |




The International Theological Conference on “The Spirit of the Reformation: 500 years On” organized by the Faculty of Theology on 27-28 October 2017 seeks to do justice to a “Catholic” and an “Evangelical” or “Protesting” Luther.
Martin Luther was a Catholic, and had no intention to form a new Church or have one named after him. His concern was with reforming and not reinventing medieval spirituality. This reform ended in a schism in the Roman Catholic Church, but after five hundred years has begun to heal.
This conference is a golden opportunity to discuss the historical setting, the theological issues and the reformation spirit today. There will be 16 speakers, out of whom 7 are international scholars. There is also time for discussion and the conference is open to the general public.
Registration is obligatory and can be done by filling in the form below.
The event is organized by Rev. Dr John Berry and the members of the Department of Fundamental & Dogmatic Theology in collaboration with Ghaqda Studenti tat-Teologija.
The event shall be held on 27-28 October 2017 at the ICT Building. For any other queries, please contact +356 2340 2767 or [email protected]



FRIDAY 27 OCTOBER 2017 –  Setting the Context

18.00 Welcome Speeches:
Rector Prof. Alfred Vella
Dean Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Agius
18.20 The Reformation as a Turning Point in HistoryProf. Dominic Fenech (University of Malta)
18.50 From Reform to Reformation – Luther’s Concept of RenewalProf. Dr Ute Gause (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
20.00 Concluding Reflections

SATURDAY 28 OCTOBER 2017  – Theological Issues

08.45 What Centre for Paul’s Theology? Justification by Faith in Romans: Martin Luther’s Take on Paul – Rev. Dr Paul Sciberras (University of Malta)
09.15 The Human Being Created in the Image of GodDr Beate Bengard (University of Basel)
09.45 Meritum fidei in Aquinas and LutherRev. Dr Piotr Roszak; Damian Dorocki (Nicolaus Copernicus University)
10.45 Break
11.00 Baptizatus sum: Consequences and Possibilities for the Ecclesia Semper ReformandaProf. Anne Kull (University of Tartu, Estonia)
11.30 Aspects of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue on MinistryRev. Prof. Hector Scerri (University of Malta)
13.00 Lunch

The Spirit of the Reformation Today

14.00 Martin Luther: Deviant Monk or Well-Meaning Reformer?Rev. Dr René Camilleri (University of Malta)
14.30 Luther’s Solus Christus and Maddalena de Pazzi’s Consilium TrinitatisRev. Dr Charlò Camilleri (University of Malta)
15.15 Break
15.30 The Impact of Eschatological Differences in Catholic and Lutheran Traditions on Modern Understanding of God’s CreationRev. Dr Oleh Kindiy (Ukrainian Catholic University)
16.00 Communio Sanctorum – Communio Bonorum: von Balthasar and LutherDr Pauline Dimech (University of Malta)
16.45 Final Reflections
Rev. Dr Roman Zaviyyskyy (Ukrainian Catholic University)
Rev. Prof. George Grima (University of Malta)