Why Is The Reformation Important

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The Reformation is something that is a major part of our history, and is taught about in schools all across the world. But what is the Reformation, and why is it important to us? “The Reformation was the 16th Century religious, political, intellectual and cultural upheaval that splintered Catholic Europe, setting in place the structures and beliefs that would define the continent in the modern era.” The Reformation began 489 years ago, by one man who didn’t agree with something the Church deemed appropriate, indulgences . Instead of following along with the Church, and everything they taught, like everyone else, Martin Luther, a German monk and professor of theology, decided to protest. He created a list of 95 Theses against indulgences and posted it on the door of Tetzel’s Church. In no time at all, copies of Luther’s 95 Theses were distributed across Europe, stirring up disagreements between everyone. The Church demanded Luther recant, but he refused and kept protesting. Eventually, it came to the point where Luther was encouraging Christians to reject Rome’s authority. Obviously, this wasn’t okay with the church and in 1521, Pope Leo X excommunicated…show more content…
They established the Bible as the sole authority of Christian faith and practice, and put the Bible back into the hands of the people so they could have special access to God’s special revelation for themselves. Not only did the Reformation affect the people at that time, but the Reformation still affects us today, specifically in the ways of politics and law. Because of how important the Reformation is to our history, we really cannot understand our history without studying it. For example, without the Reformation, there wouldn’t be Pilgrim Fathers. Without the Reformation, we would still be reading the Bible in Latin, but due to Martin Luther’s determination and trust in his beliefs, we now can enjoy the Bible in basically any
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