2017 Kirk Lecture "The Reformation & The Problem of Certainty" w/ Dr. Susan Schreiner
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Luther and his European contemporaries were preoccupied with concerns similar to ours. Both the desire for certainty -- especially religious certainty -- and warnings against certainty permeated the earlier era. Digging beneath overt theological and philosophical problems, Susan Schreiner tackles the underlying fears of the period as she addresses questions of salvation, authority, the rise of skepticism, the outbreak of religious violence, the "discernment of spirits," and the ambiguous relationship between appearance and reality.
Susan E. Schreiner is professor of the History of Christianity and Theology, University of Chicago Divinity School. Her teaching and research focus on early modern Europe, including the Protestant and Catholic Reformations, and the Renaissance.