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 Via Lutheri

 A 'Theatre - trip' from Rome to Wittenberg

from April to July 2012

Following in the footsteps of Martin Luther, as we travel the roads he travelled through Italy, France, Switzerland and Germany 500 years ago.


According to a recent publication (March 2011) of Hans Schneider, a  Reformation historian from Marburg, Luther's journey to Rome had a much  more significant impact and influence on his development as reformer,  than is generally acknowledged..

Luther's journey to Rome is significant not only because this journey was the  longest journey (both in terms of the distance he covered and the time  he took for the journey) which Luther ever undertook, and not only  because it was the only one of the journey's which took Luther beyond  the border of Germany, and in so doing broadened Luther's horizons and  influenced his world-view. But for instance through the events and  conflicts that lead to, and accompanied Luther on his journey, Luther  gained many new experiences and insights which he developed further into spiritual and academic works that have become the heart of all  Reformation theology. Through the conflicts with which he was confronted in his monastic order, regarding the correct form of monastic life, he  came to the realization that issues of justice in this world are not  that easy; that law is often fought with law, and piety with piety; and  that devout religious people are often the most unholy of all.

Erasmus von Rotterdam 1465/69-1536

Michelangelo Buonarroti 1475-1564

Pantheon in Rom

Johann von Staupitz 1465-1524

 Honorary Patron

Munib Younan, President of the Lutheran World Federation

Academic advisors:

Professor Dr. Hans Schneider, Marburg

Board of Trustees:

Christian Beuchel, Lutherstadt Wittenberg
Wilhelm Fisser, Bocholt
Lutz Gräber, Bad EilsenUrsula Harms, Göttingen
Rolf Koppe, Göttingen
Ulrich Pfingsten, Lutherstadt Wittenberg
Gerdamarie Preuße, Leipzig
Stefan Rhein, Lutherstadt Wittenberg

Project leader:

Ulrich Pfingsten, Lutherstadt Wittenberg

Project organiser:

Kerstin Tober Hintzenstern