As usual, I have a Reformation Day thought. Or two. Or even three.
Then: Around 1517, the Turkish were raiding the Med Sea and bringing terror to the Europeans, even the English who were the other worthy sea-power, standing up against the Turks. Martin Luther wrote much about the Turks.
Now: Turkey is a friendly country, working towards full membership in the EU. Whether it will join or not is not certain. But Turkey is a friend and will be even more of a friend in the future. Actually, I am writing this from Eastern Turkey, having just delivered supplies to the earthquake affected areas.
Then: The Reformation took place at a time of great transition, squidged in tightly between the glories of the High Renaissance and the marvelous but opulent Baroque. It was a time of deconstruction and experimentation, a transitory bridge between one period and another.
Now: LIke the age of Mannerism, the period we are calling postmodernity was [is] also a time of deconstruction and experimentation with new forms [like new media] and what happens now will lay the foundation for a new kind of church that will fit the new realities of the 21st Century.
Then: The German Reformation took place initially because of corruption in the church. The focus of that corruption lay in the monasteries that had grown rich and lazy . . . and corrupt. The Reformation eventually did away with the monastic structures and replaced them with the church model we Protestants now enjoy.
Now: Once again the Christian church is dealing with corruption, but this time it is the large church pastors and Christian celebrities that are to blame and not the monasteries. In fact, many young people in the new monastic movement are bringing reform to the wider church through ascetic lifestyles and generous hospitality. If we are in a new Reformation, which I believe we are, we will see a reversal of what happened 500 years ago and the monasteries will show us the way.
Anyway, just a few thoughts. Have a nice Reformation Day.
Previous Reformation Day posts:
Reformation Day: A little Scottish Oats with your Bratwurst? (2006)
Why I’m Not A New Calvinist, By One Guy Who Should Be. (2009)