Welcome to the Luther Reading Challenge!

More than 2300 people have already joined our community to read and discuss Luther's theology in preparation for the Reformation jubilee in October 2017.

Closing down the Reading Challenge

Written by Sarah Wilson about 18 hours ago.

Dear members of the Luther Reading Challenge,

Three years ago we started this online reading community in preparation for the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation on October 31, 2017. Now that date has come and gone! We hope that the readings you have found here have been intellectually and spiritually fruitful for your life.

While the legacy of the Reformation is certainly not over, it's time to lay this project to rest. The site will close down by the end of the month, and all aspects of it will be deleted, including all your private data, profile image, comments, etc.

Thanks for your support, and many blessings for 2018!

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500 Years

As we approach the 500th anniversary of the posting of the Ninety-Five Theses on October 31, 2017, Martin Luther is going to be a hot topic of conversation and debate among Lutherans, other Christians, and the media. Will the conversation shed more heat than light? Or it will be an occasion to reappropriate a powerful witness to the Christian faith?


The reading part is just the beginning. By registering for a free account, readers can participate in online discussions. Luther’s writings will give rise to a broad conversation about what they meant then, and what they mean for us now. And the scope will be truly global: while all the texts will be offered in English, international partners will also be making parts of Luther available in Hungarian, Chinese, and Portuguese, to name a few.

Behind the scenes

The Luther Reading Challenge is a project of the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Strasbourg, France, an affiliate of the Lutheran World Federation that has been devoted to Lutheran churches’ ecumenical commitments since 1965. The Challenge is a direct outgrowth of the inspiring experience of Institute staff in teaching an annual two-week course called Studying Luther in Wittenberg, which has gathered Lutheran pastors from around the world for intensive study since 2009, and the Theological Reading Challenge sponsored by the journal Lutheran Forum.