The Reformation Research Consortium awards the prize for work that shows high originality, methodological and literary quality and provides new insights to research. Another criterion is the scientific and social relevance of the results. Martin Christ's book was published by Oxford University Press in 2021. It deals with the coexistence of different Christian denominations in early modern Upper Lusatia and analyzes how Catholics and Lutherans shared churches, how rituals were adapted to the local context, and how individual persons continually redefined their religiosity. With this focus on the coexistence of different religious groups, the monograph is still relevant today.
The book is based on Christ's doctoral dissertation, which was done at Oxford, but aspects from his current work in the Erfurt-based collegial research group "Religion and Urbanity" also found their way into the research. Martin Christ: "I am very pleased to receive this award and such a positive response for my research. I hope that my work can stimulate further engagement on the peaceful coexistence of different religious and confessional groups."