Albrecht Beutel

ellen Identitätsbewusstseins bei Martin Luther

Volume 110 () / Issue 2, pp. 158-186 (29)

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It is general knowledge that to begin with Martin Luther forbade his followers energetically to assume the name »Lutherani«, a term probably coined by Johannes Eck, since Christ alone was to have authority in the Reformation congregations. However, the author of this study shows that Luther, strengthened by the Diet of Augsburg in 1530, was in the habit of addressing his religious community as »we Lutherans«. This of course was generally meant as a dissociation from the Roman Catholic religion and scarcely as a means of changing inner self-awareness. On the basis of this transformation, which is reconstructed here chronologically for the first time with detailed information on the sources, it is possible to trace the development of Luther's confessional sense of identity. Thus this study makes an innovative contribution to the Reformer's self-concept as well as to the historical beginnings of the Lutheran Church in general.

Albrecht Beutel Geboren 1957; Studium der Ev. Theologie, Germanistik und Philosophie in Tübingen und Zürich; 1990 Promotion; 1995 Habilitation; Inhaber des Lehrstuhls für Kirchengeschichte (insbesondere Reformation, neuere und neueste Kirchengeschichte) an der Universität Münster; ord. Mitglied der Nordrhein-Westfälischen Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste.