In 2017 we marked the 500th anniversary of Luther’s 95 Theses. The ensuing controversy which engulfed him and many of his peers would only be the beginning of the Reformation. The materials on this web page are provided to help you learn more about the Reformation and its history.
At the turn of the 16th century, the medieval world was ripe for change. The primary instrument of that change would be an Augustinian friar by the name of Martin Luther. His writings and the many people throughout Europe who agreed with him, wrote for and against him, and who sometimes went to war over the ideas and practices he proposed, would collectively comprise an era we often sum up with the term: Reformation.
The Reformation was not just one thing, a monk nailing theses for an academic debate on the church doors in Wittenberg. It involved disruptions in social, economic, and political order; it was only possible because of new technologies and the genius of artists. The Reformation, along with the slightly earlier movement the Renaissance, is best understood as a series of changes which stand at the foundation of our modern world. The individualism we take for granted today, the world of publishing, general literacy, political theory, and modern religion are all profoundly shaped by the events of this time period. Almost every facet of our modern life is in some way touched by the age of the Reformation. The greatest changes came to the medieval church which was split into a Protestant and Catholic branch, a split which remains to this day.
If you would like to know more, the theology faculty at CU are happy to answer questions, address a group, or serve as a resource. Please contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.