Protestant church celebrates 500 years of existence

Protestant church celebrates 500 years of existence
By Robert Hackwill
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A ceremony in Germany has marked the moment when Martin Luther split the Christian world with his 95 Protestant theses.

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It is the 500th anniversary of an event that shook the world; Martin Luther’s protests at the Roman Catholic church, expressed in public in his 95 theses, nailed to the door of Castle church here in
Wittenberg in Germany. German Chancellor Angela Merkel joined local leaders to mark the anniversary.

500yrs after #Luther‘s #95theses here’s NorfolkHC</a> copy of John Foxe's Acts & Monuments showing <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Norwich?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Norwich</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Protestant?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Protestant</a> martyrs <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Reformation500?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Reformation500</a> <a href="https://t.co/4vaJjXICtO">pic.twitter.com/4vaJjXICtO</a></p>— UnlockingTheArchive (archiveunlocked) 31 octobre 2017

What would become known as Protestantism split the Christian world, leading to one nation elevating its king to unprecedented spritual and temporal rule, England’s Henry VIII, and splitting from Rome while other mostly northern European nations broke away from what they saw as a hopelessly corrupt Roman Catholic heirarchy.

#Protestant#Parliament spread #Literacy in #17thC#England where myths were moved from #Ballads to #Broadsheets#FolkloreThursdaypic.twitter.com/vEfXfYGr3e

— Elizabeth St.John (@ElizStJohn) 26 octobre 2017

“The centrepiece of the reformist momentum is freedom. “On the Freedom of a Christian” is Martin Luther’s most important work. And freedom is the megatopic of our time. Is freedom the freedom from any obligation? Is freedom the option to choose between thousands of options? Or is freedom the personal power to resist authorities and to follow your conscience?“asked the Chairman of the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany, Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm.

Martin Luther’s dark side ignored in quincentenary of Reformationhttps://t.co/lA6LE90BGQ#MartinLuther#95theses#Protestant#Antisemitismpic.twitter.com/6DRaPfjfAN

— Boo Radley (@boorad7) 29 octobre 2017

Protestantism promised your reward in heaven would not be precluded by amassing wealth, which was no longer intrinsically evil if spent on good works, and thus it opened the door to modern Capitalism, for better or worse.

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