The University Church is hosting a five-part series of talks on works - cultural, legal, intellectual - of the year 1517, exploring the world in which the Reformation took shape. This talk will be on 'Theology: How to be Saved in 1517' with Dr Sarah Mortimer (Christ Church College, Oxford).
Martin Luther wasn't the only Christian worried about avoiding the fires of hell. Indeed, the 1510s were a time of great intellectual activity as men and women wrestled with one of the key questions in Christian theology: what must I do to be saved? We'll look at some of the answers which might have been heard in St Mary's from humanists, scholastics, and devout laypeople, and consider how they would react to the new ideas coming in from the continent.
Dr Sarah Mortimer is a Tutor in History at Christ Church College.