The Protestant Reformation

The Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century was a political, cultural, and religious turning point that changed the course of history and Christian theology! Reformers like Martin Luther, John Calvin, and others sparked movements across Europe. They challenged the Catholic Church’s claim to be the sole interpreter of the Bible.

Luther initially taught that everyone had the right to interpret the Bible for themselves. In one sermon, he scolded theologians who did not read or teach the Bible. He didn’t want them to mislead their readers and students. Martin Luther completed his most significant work in 1522, his translation of the New Testament from Greek to German. The Bible that was previously read and taught primarily in Latin was now in the hands of ordinary people, in ordinary speech! The world was forever changed.

To learn more about the Protestant Reformation visit www.museumofthebible.org/reformation.

Share

More Book Minute Features

December 11, 2017

The Wyman Fragment

A fragment may be just a small piece, but in the case of the Wyman fragment, dating from the third century, a highly significant piece. It’s a glimpse...
December 06, 2017

Read the Book: A New Year’s Resolution

It’s that time of year when we start thinking about losing weight, working out, and generally making decisions to—uh—make better decisions? “New Year’...
December 15, 2017

A Christmas Classic : The Lion, the Witch, and th...

“The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” known by many children and adults around the world from the Disney movie released in December 2005, has becom...