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Potential of the heritage of the Reformation for the renewal of the Western civilization

Keywords: Reformation, Church, Christianity, Western civilization, clash of civilizations
Language: In Latvian

Religion in view of theoreticians of civilization is its main element. Christianity has given fundamental contribution towards the development of the Western civilization. Reformation, thanks to M. Luther’s theological creativity, renewed the Church, which was able to positively influence the whole of the Western civilization. Although the civilization theories predict the downfall of the Western civilization, by creative usage of the heritage of the Reformation it should not perish but renew itself spiritually.