This is far beyond this blog’s general sphere of interests, but I find this article fascinating nonetheless (this one, too):
The city has been the venue for a handful of miracles, such as apparitions of Mary or the comeback made by Russian Orthodoxy after 70 years of Soviet suppression. But in today’s Wittenberg, the real miracle to behold is something more like a miracle of disbelief: Luther can’t be avoided here, but the beliefs he stood for are easy to miss. An official from the organization responsible for the city’s Protestant churches describes the ironic tension by saying it’s “a tension that isn’t always easy to take.”
But all that is set to change. This year marks a half-millennium since Luther arrived in Wittenberg as a student and a monk. In 1517, he nailed his theses to the door of the city’s Castle Church, launching the Protestant Reformation. In honor of those anniversaries, the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) has declared a “Luther Decade,” providing a sort of 10-year plan for German Protestantism.
“Protestant Rome: Luther City Revisits the Reformation,” Der Spiegel, 28 October, 2008.
Several articles dealing with religion in Germany are up at English Der Spiegel page, including two relating to Islam. One is more useful than the other — the one dealing with Islam in Germany is more relevant (and interesting), I think, than the one discussing “Muslim Luthers,” a popular concept in Western countries, but one that I think is based on problematic assumptions and confused comparisons.