Lectures in Malta

Lectures in Malta

Posted by: on Dec 19, 2017 | No Comments

On December 5, Theodor Dieter offered the 21st St. Augustinian Lecture 2017 at the University of Malta upon the invitation by the Augustinian friar Prof. Salvino Caruana. There have been Augustinian friars at Malta since 1420. In 2018, we commemorate 500 years of the disputation that Martin Luther held in Heidelberg in 1518; thus the appropriate topic for the lecture was: “Martin Luther’s Heidelberg Disputation (1518). The Programmatic Theses of an Augustinian Friar 500 Years Ago.”

1517 – 2017: The Institute’s Implication in the Celebration in Southern Europe

1517 – 2017: The Institute’s Implication in the Celebration in Southern Europe

Posted by: on Dec 19, 2017 | No Comments

The Luther Year of 2017 is finally drawing to a close. There were uncountable memorial events in countries across the world. For the Institute, the celebration in southern Europe was especially important. In these countries the Lutheran presence, if it’s there at all, is tiny at best.

Studying Luther in Wittenberg  2017

Studying Luther in Wittenberg 2017

Posted by: on Nov 30, 2017 | No Comments

This November, for the ninth year in a row, Prof. Theodor Dieter and Prof. Sarah Hinlicky Wilson of the Institute taught the annual two-week seminar “Studying Luther in Wittenberg” in cooperation with the LWF Center and much support from the German Lutheran churches. Of course, this year was a special one, marking the 500th anniversary of the Ninety-Five Theses and the beginning of the Reformation.

52nd International Ecumenical Seminar 2018

52nd International Ecumenical Seminar 2018

Posted by: on Nov 8, 2017 | No Comments

Fundamentalism as Ecumenical Challenge

July 2 – 9, 2018

In recent years we have seen the growth in both political and religious life of movements that can be called “fundamentalistic.” As they represent a great challenge for churches today as well as for ecumenism overall, the Summer Seminar will take the occasion to probe deeply the matter of fundamentalism.

The 2017 Ratzinger Prize Awarded to Theodor Dieter

The 2017 Ratzinger Prize Awarded to Theodor Dieter

Posted by: on Oct 9, 2017 | No Comments

At the Vatican on November 18, 2017, Prof. Theodor Dieter received the Ratzinger Prize from Pope Francis in recognition of his contributions toward the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification. The previous day the three award recipients (the Catholic theologian Prof. Karl-Heinz Menke from Bonn and Eastern Orthodox composer Arvo Pärt from Estonia) had the opportunity to meet Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI for half an hour.