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David Luebke wins book prize!

Professor of History and Department Head David Luebke has been named the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Gerald Strauss Prize for his book, Hometown Religion: Regimes of Coexistence in Early Modern Westphalia. The Strauss Prize is awarded annually by the Sixteenth Century Society to “the best book published in English during the preceding year in the field of German Reformation history.” Hometown Religion also won an honorable mention for the Roland H. Bainton Prize in History/Theology, also from the SCSC. This comes in an especially significant year as the society marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s provocative “Ninety-five Theses.”

According to the Strauss Prize committee: “David Luebke’s Hometown Religion offers one of the finest and most provocative studies of confessionalism in recent years. Using a wide array of sources…he creatively combines ritual analysis, social history, gender, and theology at both the micro and macro levels. This immensely readable and entertaining book provides a model of how to analyze ordinary people’s beliefs and practices. It illustrates how communities negotiated bi-confessionality and what it actually meant to be Protestant or Catholic. Luebke not only inspires rethinking of an old and, some would say, played-out topic that is confessionalization, he also asks his readers to reconceptualize how we think about early modern religious history itself…Luebke’s historiographical contribution is dramatic and important and should challenge future scholars to rethink the very notion of religious confession in the Reformation era.”