From the Puritans to today’s Christian Right, Protestantism has played a huge role in America’s cultural and political history. 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, initiated by Martin Luther when he wrote his 95 Theses and nailed them to the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg.
Since then, the Christian faith has gone through a variety of change and sparked a wide ranging series of debates which continue to this day. In celebration of a half a millennium of the Protestant Reformation, Benjamin Wiker has written The Reformation 500 Years Later. The book explores the most important concepts and events of the Protestant Reformation, debunks people’s historical misconceptions, and shows us what the Reformation can teach us in the modern day.
Here are 12 things you need to know about the Protestant Reformation — read our list to learn more!
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