Reading Between The Lines of the European Reformation – A Four Session Study of Religious and Political Reform 500 Years of Reform: A fervor for reformation had been stirring with ebbs and flows for centuries and would see the crumbling of the structures of the Medieval Church. Within the 16th Century all regions of Christian Western Europe were seized with this upheaval which was as much political as theological. On All Hallows Eve, October 31, 1517, an Augustinian monk by the name of Martin Luther nailed on the door of the castle chapel in Wittenberg a list of 95 theses, or complaints, against the use of indulgences by the Latin Church. This was one of several pivotal moments in the reforming movements within the Church in Europe.
Reading Between The Lines (RBTL) of the European Reformation is an opportunity to examine some of the original documents of key leaders of the movement and to explore the events that propelled this period of dramatic realignment. RBTL of the European Reformation invites participants to enter the story at the time each statement was made, and to consider the impact on ordinary people whose whole worldview was experiencing an earthquake-like shift.
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