Not internal conflict but fundamental agreement was the theme of the Student Fellow presentation by Sarah Killam Crosby (McGill University, Montreal). Luther’s and Calvin’s understandings of the atonement are quite similar, and both transform a wide range of traditional doctrines about Christ’s saving work into a coherent doctrine.
However, there were also disagreements and conflicts. Guest lecturer Dr. Henning Reinhardt introduced the group to the “Wittenberg Concord” of 1536. In this document, the Wittenberg theologians and the southern German reformers established a basic consensus on sacramental doctrine. Using Wolfgang Muculus’ handwritten account of the Wittenberg proceedings, the group explored the difficulty of transliterating manuscript sources and translating them into English.