Martin Luther and the Amazing Reformation

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574 words
574 words

The fact that the Reformation occurred at all is more than a little astounding, in part because of the way it began. Martin Luther wrote his Ninety-five Theses and posted it to the door of All Saints' Church to start a debate, his intent was not to start the Reformation.1 One of the things I find interesting about the Reformation, beyond all the changes that took place because of it, is how many things had to come together to make it happen and one of those things was the invention of the printing press. The Reformation might not have happened if the printing press had not been invented, things no longer had to be copied by hand and could copied fast and cheap.2 The invention of one machine helped alter our world and helped set in motion events like England's split from the Catholic Church. King Henry VIII had defended the Catholic Church, but that changed when his request for a divorce was denied, at that point he created the Anglican Church and began seizing Catholic Church lands.3 If the Reformation had not happened the king would not have done this and would have stayed mar...

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that the reformation was more than a little astounding, in part because of the way it began. the printing press helped set in motion events like england's split from the catholic church.
  • Opines that the reformation changed the country's educational system, citing the declaration of independence. the protestant movement created public schools, science, geography, history, and philosophy.
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