Last year marked the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin, who was born in 1509. In anticipation of the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, popularly dated on October 31st, 1517, when Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the castle door at Wittenberg, we are looking forward to 2017.
Dr. Selderhuis, President of the Theological University in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, and International Director of Refo500, commented: “The Reformation of the Sixteenth Century was one of the world’s most influential events for the history of North America. The shaping of a new way of life, of religion, of doing politics, of education and commerce resulting from Martin Luther’s message has not only affected the way in which North America developed over the centuries, but is more than ever relevant for people of the 21st century.”
We at WSC are excited about Refo500 for a number of reasons--there are so many opportunities to tell others about the wonderful truths of the Reformation. However, we're also excited because WSC is a sponsoring seminary institution. What does this mean?
Stay tuned for future conferences, books, and events. There will be, for example, a West Coast conference celebrating the 450th anniversary of the Belgic Confession (1561) in late 2011 or early 2012.