Re-examining the Reformation
Preparing to celebrate the 500th anniversary of a reformation that has been changing individuals, societies and nations for half a millennia is the focus of this series of posts. Why remember that old event?
- Was the reformation of 1517 the first or the biggest Judaeo-Christian religious shake up in history?
- Are there really reformations recorded in the Bible? Can we learn anything from them?
- Did the reformation of 1517 have any impact on European society, culture or government beyond its influence on religious practice? Did it have a positive or negative effect?
- What has sustained the influence of the reformation of 1517? Is it fading away and in need of revival?
- Do any aspects of that 500 year old event have an impact on us today, the society in which we live, or current world events?
Those with a western civilization background almost automatically associate the term “Reformation” with the religious tumult that began in 1517. It was neither the first nor the last reformation to have occurred in the history of the Judaeo-Christian religions. This series will explore both large scale and minor reformations that are recorded throughout the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. Discussing the questions above (and others) will bring out the causes of reformations, their common features and their influence.
Some people would also ask if we need another one in our world today. Re-examining the record of past occurrences may reveal if we are on the brink of repeating similar events in our own time.
The next post will go to the central issue of the reformation of 1517. It was a question of authority.