Remind & Renew January 25-26, 2017
A New Reformation:
What Should Christianity Become?
For Remind & Renew 2017, the faculty of Phillips Theological Seminary will to help participants think about our times, in which Christianity is undergoing the most profound changes in inner and outer expressions since the 16th century.
The late Phyllis Tickle argued in her book The Great Emergence that Christianity has undergone a profound inner and outer transformation every 500 years. The last transformation is what historians name the Reformation, which resulted in the Protestant churches and a Catholic Reformation. The event popularly cited as the “opening” of the Protestant Reformation is when the Old Testament professor and Augustinian monk Martin Luther, on October 31, 1517, nailed a document to the door of the parish church in Wittenberg, inviting scholarly arguments on 95 claims he was making. Many of those claims referenced and challenged conventional understandings of the Pope, penance, forgiveness, and authority.
Tickle reasoned that Christianity today has entered the most profound transformative period since the 16th century. The inner forms (e.g., worship, piety, theology, the meaning of discipleship, patterns of gathering) are changing, and the outer forms (e.g., institutional expressions such as church buildings and seminaries) are giving way, sometimes painfully and sometimes joyously, to something else.
For Remind & Renew 2017, the Phillips faculty will address questions such as:
- Does the term “Protestant” have a future?
- What does the world most need from Christianity in the 21st century?
- What should be the relationship between Christianity and other faiths?
Presentations will be about 20-25 minutes long. There will be ample time for reflection and questions. And, as is always the case with R&R, there will be two worship occasions and time to meet old friends and make some new ones.
We look forward to seeing you at Phillips in January 2017.