The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

2017 was the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his 95 theses on the door of the castle chapel in the German town of Wittenberg – an event that has become known as the starting point of the Reformation. 

The idea behind celebrating the anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 in Denmark has been to promote the understanding of the significance of the Reformation for Danish society, the Danish church and Danish identity and consciousness.

The Anniversary Logo

The logo is designed by the Danish artist Maja Lisa Engelhardt. She explaines the idea behind the logo:

"I did not want the logo to be a portrait of Luther or a picture of his theses. Instead, I wanted to make a symbol that has to do with the curtain that Christ at his crucifixion tears into the inner sanctum, and which he after the resurrection river away and emerge from as the new covenant – as a light, a flame or a blade."

Precisely the individual's direct access to God was a central concern for Luther, who made up with the idea that access to God was through the priests and the pope. This is central to Maja Lisa Engelhardt: "Christ is the savior and he lets the individual return to paradise and to the light."