Episode 205 1517, A Pivotal Year: The Making of the Modern World Pt. 2

Luther singing around a Christmas tree. Because Christmas is important.

Luther singing around a Christmas tree. Because Christmas is important.

1517.  Yeah, we know.  It is the brand under what auspices we record this show.  And so we have stayed away from this year, and the topic of the Reformation for 200 episodes.  But, we've stayed away from of the most pivotal events in the making of the modern world.

You may know that the two of us happen to be on team Luther.  And this has some wondering we can be objective about the whole splintering of the church.  After all, we saw last week that diversity without adversity was a hallmark trait of the late Medieval Church.  And then, here comes Luther with beer on one hand and some nasty thing to say about the Pope. Bam! Modernity.

Or, we might bemoan the fact that the Medieval church had attached itself to so may, it was hopelessly bound up with money and sex and power that it needed a hero.  And in came Luther, mounted on a dazzling white stead.  He leaped towards the church door and nailed 95 thesis to the door. The Pope was screwed.  Luther and the good guys fought the mustachioed black hats in the Catholic church and Bam! Modernity.

Ok, it's neither of those, but often times the story of the Reformation is told with heroes and villains a like a medieval morality play with the depth of character rivaling a Nicholas Cage movie. On today's episode we look exclusively at the year 1517 and the immediate causes of the Reformation (as opposed to the remit cause we saw in part 1).  How important is the year? is it merely symbolic? And Luther, is he the saint of German Protestantism, the dastardly villain who forever splintered the church?  We break down the game film and isolate those moments, in a momentous year that left a mark such that we are talking about it on the eve of its 500th anniversary.