»Paradise is everywhere.« – 500 Years since the Reformation

500 years since the Reformation: Martin Luther probably could not have suspected the consquences when he published his »95 Theses against the Sale of Indulgences« in Wittenberg in 1517. He expressed something that many spiritual leaders demanded at the time: the church should not be making money from the salvation of the faithful. It was part of the »freedom of a Christian« to inform oneself about important issues; politics and the church should be kept separate from one another. Luther developed nothing less than a vision of paradisiacal conditions in the here and now – and this at a time in which Copernicus had already disenchanted the sky and Columbus had not discovered a biblical paradise beyond the limits of the known world. »Paradise is everywhere.« This saying has been attributed to Martin Luther. What does this promise mean to us today? What keeps it from being fulfilled? From Easter to Pentecost, we marked »little paradises« all over Berlin. They told of the Reformation and its impacts on our everyday life and our lives together. The places have often been located near institutions that have the word »paradise« in their names: like »kebab paradise« or »rug paradise.« »Paradise is everywhere« was a citywide joint project to celebrate the anniversary of the Reformation. It was realized by Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH and in collaboration with the IGA Berlin 2017, the 36th Evangelischer Kirchentag, and the Evangelische Kirche Berlin-Brandenburg-schlesische Oberlausitz. The project is made possible by the Berliner Sparkasse as well as the Cultural Administration of Berlin.