Reformation Reverberations: Consequences and Challenges of Change

Celebrating the Protestant Reformation’s 500th Anniversary
Azusa Pacific University
October 12-14, 2017

Azusa Pacific is pleased to host this cross-disciplinary conference celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

Keynote Speakers

Brad S. Gregory is the Dorothy G. Griffin Professor of Early Modern European History at the University of Notre Dame. His principal research interests center on Christianity in the Reformation era, including magisterial Protestantism, radical Protestantism, and Roman Catholicism approached comparatively and cross-confessionally. He is also concerned with understanding the long-term ideological influences and institutional consequences of the Reformation era on the making of the modern Western world.

Lori Anne Ferrell is the John D. and Lillian Maguire Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Claremont Graduate University with a joint appointment in early modern history and literature. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and directs the early modern studies program and the Kingsley & Kate Tufts Poetry Awards at Claremont Graduate University. Her research concentrates on the effect of religious and political change on early modern texts—theological, literary, theatrical, and practical—in the turbulent century before the outbreak of civil war in Britain.

Film and Discussion

The conference will also feature the film Exploring the Reformation & Revivals in Germany by Richard Weikart, Ph.D., professor of history, California State University, Stanislaus; and Emmy Award-winning cinematographer and producer Jim Gromer.

Lodging and Meals

We encourage you to view a list of preferred local hotels. Lunches and dinners at the conference are à la carte. The Saturday dinner is part of the Western Regional Conference on Faith and History (WRCFH) biennial meeting, but all are welcome to join.

Registration and More Information

Register today, or email your questions and concerns to


Thursday, October 12
6:30-7:20 p.m. Reception Munson Courtyard
7:30-9 p.m.

Keynote Address: Brad Gregory Munson Chapel

Friday, October 13
8-9 a.m. Continental Breakfast Bode Commons
9:15-10:30 a.m.

Session One: Reformation and Modern Vocation LAPC Board Room

Gabriel Veas: “Economic Discipleship Today: The Reformers’ Views and Influence on Money, Giving, and the Separation of Church and State”

Paul Kaak: “Luther’s Bible and Sixteenth-Century Life: A Case Study in Faith Integration Errors and Excellence”

Octavio Javier Esqueda: “The Spanish Reformation and Christian Teaching: Timeless Educational Principles from Antonio del Corro and Constantino Ponce de la Fuente”

10:45 a.m.-12 p.m.

Session Two: Theological Adaptations and Reinterpretations LAPC Board Room

Don Thorsen: “The Variety of Protestant Reformers: Luther, Cranmer, Simons, Calvin, Fox, and Wesley”

Christopher Denny, “Competing Heirs to Luther’s Theologia Crucis: Barth and Balthasar on Authority”

12-1:30 p.m. Lunch Bode Commons
1:30-2:45 p.m.

Session Three: Biblical Interpretations LAPC Board Room

B.J. Oropeza: “A New Reformation? A Look at the New Perspective on Paul the Apostle”

William Yarchin: “The Text-Critical Legacy of the Reformation and Counter- Reformation”

3-4:15 p.m.

Session Four: Block A: The Beginnings of Modernity? LAPC Board Room

Inseo Song: “The Reformation and Individualism? Martin Luther’s View of the Spiritualists in Sixteenth-Century Context”

Robert A. Sorenson: “The Reformation and Modernity: A Dawsonian Assessment”

Edmund Mazza: “Luther v. Augustine: Irreconcilable Differences, Unintended Consequences”

Session Four: Block B: Literature and Stories Wilden 119

Monica Ganas: “God at Work in Our Work: The Revolutionary Power of the Doctrine of Vocation”

David Esselstrom: “Reformation Reverberation: Reconstructing the Creative Imagination”

Mark Eaton: “Hilary Mantel, Historical Fiction, and the Protestant Reformation”

4:30-5:30 p.m. Reception Rose Garden
6-7 p.m. Dinner LAPC Board Room/Upper Turner Campus Center
7-8:30 p.m. Keynote Address: Lori Anne Ferrell LAPC Board Room/Upper Turner Campus Center
Saturday, October 14
8:30-9:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast Bode Commons
9:45-10:45 a.m.

Session Five: Politics and Society (Cosponsored by the WRCFH) LAPC Board Room

Kyle Jantzen: “Battling Masses and Masters: The Interplay of Religious and Political Concerns in the Basel Reformation”

Lacey Romano: “Reimagining the Vagabond: Martin Luther’s Edition of the Liber Vagatorum and the Impact of the Reformation on Perceptions of Poverty”

11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Session Six: Catholic Reformations LAPC Board Room

Julio Díaz Pineiro and Ismael Lopez Medel: “The Forgotten Reformation”

James Fujitani: “The Jesuit Expansion in Asia in a Reformation Context”

12-1:30 p.m.

Lunch Bode Commons

Western Regional Conference on Faith and History Business Meeting

1:30-2:45 p.m.

Session Seven: Block A: Sacraments and the Sacred LAPC Board Room

Brian Lugioyo: “Marriage and Protestantism”

Adam Hill: “Sacred Sounds”

Session Seven: Block B: Reformation and Latin America (Cosponsored by the WRCFH) Wilden 119

Verónica Gutierrez: “Luther in the New World: Native People and the Reformation in Sixteenth-Century New Spain”

Michael Jiminez: “1492: Shadowing the Reformation”

3-4:30 p.m.

Session Eight: Reformation in North America (Cosponsored by the WRCFH) LAPC Board Room

Rick Kennedy: “Eleutheria (1698): Cotton Mather’s Little Known History of the Reformation”

Bud Clark: “From the Reformation to the Scottish Enlightenment: Christianity and the Democratic Intellect in Early America”

Nalani Hilderman: “Thanks for the Pluralism: The Reformation’s Influence on American Religious Freedom Principles”

5-6 p.m.

Dinner (WRCFH) Wilden Atrium

6-7:30 p.m.

Exploring the Reformation and Revivals in Germany (Cosponsored by the WRCFH) Wilden Lecture Hall

Film and Discussion with Richard Weikart