Along with ushering a change in season, Halloween this year marked a significant historical anniversary, since it was on October 31st in 1517 that Martin Luther hammered up his 95 objections to Papal Indulgences. As the subject of the Reformation was central to both my university research and teaching, I’ve felt inspired to respond to the occasion. Accordingly, I’d like to invite you to a presentation I will be giving on the historical repercussions of this movement – see attachment.
The standard narrative credits the Renaissance with initiating the momentous transition from Medieval to Modern. While this is true, it was much more the Reformation that gave the modern world its actual shape. This presentation in Petaluma will demonstrate how key hallmarks of modern civilization – democratic government, public education, free enterprise, scientific innovation, and secular society – all issued forth from the Reformation movement .