Luther and Women Convocation 3/29

“Marin Luther and Women: Breaking the Law and Proclaiming the Gospel” was the title of the convocation on 3/29. Dr. Sarah Hinlcky Wilson described the import roles three women played in the Reformation. She started her presentation by reading Martin Luther’s will. He stated that all property should be given to his wife upon his death. This was against the law in 16th-century Saxony. She went on to talk about the contributions of Luther’s wife Katharina von Bora, Elisabeth Cruciger, the hymn writer, and Argula von Grumbach who defended Luther’s revolutionary doctrine.

Dr. Wilson’s lecture about women and the reformation connects very well to the theme of Honors 120, Hearing the voices of the marginalized. Women were a marginalized group in the 16th century. Elisabeth Cruciger wrote a hymn that was printed in Luther’s first hymnal, but after a time credit was given to a man for the writing of the hymn. Women couldn’t discuss theology in the public realm because of their supposed gender role. However, Katharina probably played a role in helping her husband articulate the new theology.

I enjoyed the lecture that Dr. Wilson gave. As a theology major and Lutheran, I am always interested by stories about the Lutheran Reformation. These stories were ones that I had never heard before. These stories should be told more. There are many people that have shaped our world, and for a long time women were not able to be a part of it. Times have changed, and there are many new great stories that can be told.

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