Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A Conference On Francisco De Enzinas And The Protestant Reformation

TWH: My friend Ignacio Garcia sent me an announcement for a conference at the end of year (Nov. 30–Dec. 1) in Bugos, Spain. I wanted to share some of the information about the conference with our audience in case anyone is interested in attending. The title of the conference is "The Memory of a Man. Francisco de Enzinas in the Fifth Century Since the Protestant Reformation." Here's the call for papers translated into English:

In 1517 Martin Luther published his ninety-five theses in Wittenberg, an act that symbolizes the beginning of huge shake-up in all orders for Christian Europe. The following year in Burgos Francisco de Enzinas, a member of an important family of merchants in that Castilian city, so dynamic and flourishing at the time, was called upon to become one of the first representatives of Hispanic Protestantism.

This Congress aims to commemorate the quincentenary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation and the birth of Francisco de Enzinas. In addition to being the author of the first printed Castilian translation of the New Testament and various works of Luther and Calvin, as well as Greco-Latin authors, Enzinas was more than anything else one of the most significant figures in Humanism and the first century of the Reformation in Spain.

The Congress wants to deepen, on the one hand, the knowledge of the figure and work of Enzinas, placing him in his historical, humanist, and reformed context, attending to intellectuals, cultural, political, and religious. On the other, it is focused on the need to establish criteria that help others to understand the new concepts linked to what was happening on the religious frontiers generated in that historic moment in the history of Europe. Ultimately, it is a question of reviewing and evaluating the presence of the Protestant Reformation in Spain in modern times.

There will be four topics of papers: (1) Burgos: Between Commerce and the Protestant Reformation; (2) The Inquisition, the Monarchy, and the Protestant Reformation; (3) The University and Humanism; and (4) Translation and the Bible.

You can read more about the conference here. If you've never been to Spain, let me just say this: Such a conference would be an opportune time to visit one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Hope to see you there.

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