GHIL Lecture: ‘Religious Decision-Making in the Reformation’ – LECTURE

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Date / time: 26 March, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

German Historical Institute London & Zoom

GHIL Lecture: 'Religious Decision-Making in the Reformation' - LECTURE


Join us in person or virtually for a GHIL Lecture on ‘Religious Decision-Making in the Reformation’ presented by Matthias Pohlig (HU Berlin).

It is a widespread belief that the Reformation introduced the possibility of choosing between different variants of the Christian faith. In contrast, this lecture argues that the early German Reformation created a field of experimentation in which it was disputed who was able, and who was permitted, to decide on which faith options, and how. The Reformation gave rise to new questions of individual and collective religious decision-making, encompassing many different dimensions, such as faith options, the semantic and practical framing of situations in which choices were made, and the actors and procedures involved.

Matthias Pohlig is Professor of Early Modern European History at the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin. He is author of a monograph on Lutheran historiography in the sixteenth century (2007) and a monograph on information-gathering during the War of the Spanish Succession (2016). He has published widely on the Reformation, early modern religion, diplomacy and espionage, and questions of historical theory.

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