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1. What is the Reformation?
The Reformation is a 16th century movement of renewal and change, initiated in part by the actions of the German professor Martin Luther. In 1517, he publicly announced his 95 theses, criticizing the situation of the church. This event is generally considered to the beginning of the Reformation. We still see the effects of this today.
2. Is the Reformation only for Protestants?
Out of the Reformation of the 16th century many Protestant churches did indeed emerge. This movement also had a significant impact upon the Roman Catholic Church. Out of the Reformation, the Roman Catholic Church also undertook its own reform (which is also known as the counter-Reformation). Refo500 also focuses on the Roman Catholic reform.
3. With what time frame are you dealing?
Refo500 addresses the Reformation beginning with the birth of Martin Luther in 1483 until the peace of Westphalia in 1648. Refo500 wants to show that events in the period of the Reformation still have importance, so we also deal with today.
4. What is Refo500?
Refo500 is the international platform for knowledge, expertise, ideas, products and events, specializing in the 500 year legacy of the Reformation.
5. What does Refo500 want?
On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, Refo500 wants to reach a wide audience by giving broad attention to the meaning of the Reformation. The focus is on the historical, theological, religious, political, social, and cultural spheres.
6. Why is there an international platform Refo500?
Together we can do more than we can alone. Refo500 therefore brings together partners worldwide to promote cooperation, the exchange of ideas, etc.
7. Is Refo500 protestant?
The platform Refo500 is organized by the independent Refo500 Foundation, which does not identify itself with any particular viewpoint, church or religion.
8. What is the mission of Refo500?
Refo500 makes a connection between the time of the Reformation and our time, between then and now, between people and Reformation history. In short, Refo500 stands for: "Connecting you with the Reformation, then and now".
9. Why should I concern myself with something that happened so long ago?
Relevance is an important word for Refo500. This means that it is not so much facts and tidbits from the past, but above all what the meaning of the Reformation is for today.
10. Who are the partners of Refo500?
Participants in Refo500 include universities, museums, cities, media partners, general partners, and so forth. The project is also open to other partners.
11. Can I join Refo500?
You can partner your organization with Refo500 by making an agreement with the Refo Foundation. Read here for more information about partnership.
12. I am an academic. What is in it for me?
For academic institutions, Refo500 has founded the Reformation Research Consortium (RefoRC). Click here to go to RefoRC's website.
13. What is on the program?
Refo500 has many ways to draw attention to the Reformation. There is travel to Reformation cities; books; workshops; exhibitions; conferences and so forth. The calendar will inform you further.
14. Will Refo500 stop after 2017?
Interest in the international platform Refo500 is such that it will continue to exist after 2017. In what form, we do not yet know.