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“Prophetie als Partizipation am Heilsgeschehen? – Lutherische Laienprophetie im konfessionellen Zeitalter (1550–1659)” (Prophecy as Participation in the Plan of Salvation? Lutheran Prophecy in the Confessional Age (1550–1659))
For the (Lutheran) faithful in the Age of Confessionalization, the question of salvation was combined with human uncertainty about how the past and one’s own present fit within the grander plan of salvation and what the future leading up to Judgment Day might hold. With their calls for repentance and conversion, Luther lay prophets—male and female—offered an explanation based on their apocalyptic worldview of how events of the past, present, and future could be understood and meaningfully situated within the divine plan of salvation.
Although unintentional, the multiple prophecies with their corresponding interpretations and arguments as well as the refutations and justifications for unfulfilled prophecies actually raised the question of what could be expected from a future in this world and how might humans interpret and even shape this future.
This dissertation project, entitled “Prophecy as Participation in the Plan of Salvation? Lutheran Prophecy in the Confessional Age”, outlines this nexus between a predestined divine world on the one hand and human participation in this world on the other.