On the morning of Tuesday, June 6, the staff of the Wittenberg Center for Reformation Studies presented their approach to Reformation history. Growing out of the Sister Reformation series of scholarly conferences, the WCRS aims to compare the history of the Reformation in different countries, to trace the reception of ideas and concepts, and to reconstruct personal networks. This comparison shows that the Reformation is on the one hand in continuity with the Middle Ages, but on the other hand also a profound upheaval. In the overall balance of continuity and discontinuity, the evidence for discontinuity ultimately predominates. However, this upheaval took on different forms, which are related in their history of origin and phenomenology, but each of which also represents something unique. The comparative study of the Reformation promises to answer the two questions, first, of continuity and discontinuity, and second, of the unity and diversity of this religious change.
In the afternoon, the group visited the Luther House and the Melanchthon House and ended the day at the monumental panorama painting on 2017 in Wittenberg.