Memory of the Reformation

On 31 October 1517, an Augustinian friar and professor of theology, Martin Luther, attached to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg his 95 theses that addressed the abuses of the Roman Catholic Church. Was this event crucial for the development of our concepts of individual freedom and human rights? Would capitalism ever be conceived without the protestant ethos? What was the role of Reformation in the shaping of modern Central European nations? These questions are tackled by authors featured in the 28. issue of “Herito” quarterly.

Bishop Waldemar Pytel examines the paradox of Lutheran continuity on the example of the Church of Peace in Świdnica. Jarosław R. Kubacki and Michał Choptiany recall the Mennonites and the Polish Brethren, the “enfants terribles” of Reformation. János L. Győri, Miloš Kovačka, Magda Vášáryová and Pavel Kosatík explain how Protestantism shaped the history and culture of Hungary, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. Arleta Nawrocka-Wysocka writes about chants, hymnals, and the rise of the Central European languages, while Łukasz Galusek draws a subjective atlas of the Central European heritage of Reformation.

Of particular interest is a text by Ewa Chojecka on the promotion of knowledge of Reformation in Central Europe in museum education, and Weronika Murek’s essay on Paweł Hulka-Laskowski, a Żyrardów-based descendant of the Czech Brethren and the first translator of “The Good Soldier Švejk”.

The new issue of “Herito” features reviews of interesting books and announcements of upcoming exhibitions.

    • 1
      Editorial

    • 4
      Worth a Look

  • Memory of the Reformation
    • 12
      The Paradox of Continuity. The Church of Peace in Świdnica

      Prof. Jacek Purchla and Łukasz Galusek talk to Lutheran bishop Waldemar Pytel

    • 28
      The Mennonites. Hard-working Polder Builders or the Enfants Terribles of the Reformation?

      Jarosław R. Kubacki

    • 40
      Rogue Books – Deluxe Edition

      Michał Choptiany

    • 56
      Calvinist Identity and Hungarian Literature

      János L. Győri

    • 76
      Without Protestantism There Wouldn’t Be the Slovakia of Today

      Miloš Kovačka, Magda Vášáryová

    • 90
      A Dream About a New Religion

      Pavel Kosatík

    • 114
      The Lutheran Chorale in Popular Practice. National, Ethnic, and Local Traditions

      Arleta Nawrocka-Wysocka

    • 124
      The Heritage of the Reformation in Central Europe. A Subjective Atlas

      Łukasz Galusek

  • Ideas in Practice
    • 160
      Imaging Historical Memory. Reflections on the Exhibition Commemorating the Reformation’s 500th Anniversary

      Ewa Chojecka

  • Reflections, Impressions, Opinions
    • 179
      Worth a Thought

      Andrzej Serafin, Dariusz Bruncz, Maciej Jakubowiak, Kinga Siewior, Mikołaj Banaszkiewicz, Kaja Puto, Wojciech Wilczyk, Beata K. Nykiel

  • By Myself
    • 190
      The Architecture of Humility

      Weronika Murek