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Lecture on Argula von Grumbach, Woman Reformer, October 18

2005-10-04

Decatur, GA.— Peter Matheson, principal emeritus of Ormond College, Melbourne, Australia, will present a lecture on Argula von Grumbach, a woman reformer and a contemporary of Martin Luther. The lecture will take place on Tuesday, October 18, at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium of Harrington Center on the Columbia campus. The event is free and open to the public. Von Grumbach, a Bavarian noblewoman, is remembered for her stand against the government, Ingolstadt University, and the Catholic church, memorialized in eight fiery pamphlets she published in 1523–1524 in the Regensburg area. She was praised by Martin Luther and others for her views, and persecuted by theologians and officials of the Catholic church. Her less-known household correspondence reveals much of the personal joy and anguish she suffered during this time. Matheson has taught in Europe and Australia. He is well known for numerous articles and books, including translations of Thomas Müntzer and Argula von Grumbach. Among his recent publications are The Rhetoric of the Reformation (1998) and The Imaginative World of the Reformation (2000). Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 


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