Episode 207: 1517-Legacy and Trajectories
Okay, so next month we are going to be in 2017, the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The talking about it might get tired, depending on the group you hang out with. There will be Reformation lego sets, tours to the holy land (Wittenburg) and far too 95 Theses and Here I Stand memes. But even you are a Reformation Grinch, or a member of the church he broke out of, or not a member at any church you need to understand how this stuff REALLY MATTERS, even if you've just heard the story of an angry monk... there's more.
So, Luther died. He wasn't taken to heaven by a chariot or assumed up into heaven. He had a stroke and died on February 18, 1546. And while he saw moderate success with the consolidation of a few movements in 1530, he died before the official "legalization" of Lutheranism less than a decade later. While Luther and many reformers began to grow despondent over the lack of knowledge and piety amongst their parishioners they continued to confessionalize and consolidate. Some see the next generation or two as a period of the halcyon days of Lutheran/Reformation Orthodoxy. Others see the proliferation of wars and sectarianism and wonder if maybe the whole thing should would have been best dealt with in-house.
Regardless where you are at with your opinion or preference, the west was shaken and began to awaken. The church had split, but the west was waking up to questions about freedom, religion and their own roles in society. It is a little trickier than this, so... listen up, and enjoy the show