Decalog NOTE: The closing date for this exhibit has been moved to February 14, 2016.

The fall exhibit at Candler’s Pitts Theology Library showcases works from its Richard C. Kessler Reformation Collection, with a focus on the significance of the Ten Commandments to the Protestant Reformation. “That We a Godly Life May Live: Luther’s Interpretation of the Ten Commandments” runs September 28 through January 15, 2016, in the Pitts Exhibit Hall.

The exhibit, which takes its name from a hymn Martin Luther penned about the commandments, takes place in conjunction with the 28th annual Reformation Day at Emory on October 22, which will explore the Ten Commandments’ role in Scripture, Luther’s reform, and contemporary American life. Learn more about Reformation Day events and register here.

“The Ten Commandments occupy a place of special significance in the writings of Martin Luther,” says exhibit curator and head of cataloguing at Pitts Armin Siedlecki. “This focus may be surprising to some, since one of Luther’s chief contributions to the history of theology is the idea of salvation by faith alone. However, Luther did not regard the Ten Commandments as the legal basis of a system of ethics, but rather as the starting point for a moral life and a necessary reminder of human sinfulness and the need for God’s grace.”

Objects on display include tracts by Luther on sin and prayer related to the commandments, Luther’s large and small catechisms, interpretations of the commandments by other Reformation theologians, images of Moses from medieval and Renaissance art, and sermons and hymns from the Reformation era. 

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Free guided tours are scheduled for October 2, October 16, October 30, November 13, and December 4 at 2:00 p.m. Sign up for a tour.

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View the exhibit catalog.