Archive for November 3rd, 2017

What has the Reformation given us?

Martin Luther © 2017 Simon Peter Sutherland

Martin Luther © 2017 Simon Peter Sutherland

On the evening of the anniversary of the Reformation, I attended an exhibition, debate and discussion at John Rylands Library.

The night began appropriately with the printing of indulgences (on an antique printing press) accompanied with music and an exhibition of artefacts and books from the reformation era. These artefacts included original handwritten and printed indulgences. A Tyndale New Testament and The practice of prelates and Luther on Galatians.

A summery toward the end of the evening focused upon what the reformation has given us today. Where would our world be if not for the Reformation?

This question is a good one and one that could possibly provide a never ending list. However, I have listed a few of the things I think are the direct results the Reformation has given the people of Britain and things inspired by the Reformation and the Theology and principles. These are things that we can be thankful for;

  • The New Testament published in the original Greek
  • The Bible in English
  • The Apocrypha in English
  • Chapters and verses of the New Testament
  • The old and modern English language
  • The Bible in multiple languages
  • The freedom to read the Bible for ourselves
  • The freedom to interpret the Bible
  • The liberty to believe
  • Hymnbooks
  • Music
  • Independent Churches & Congregations
  • Seats in Churches
  • The priesthood of all believers
  • Religious liberty
  • Freedom of speech
  • Puritan history
  • Democracy
  • Free education
  • The bank of England
  • The Wesleyan revivals
  • Novels
  • The abolition of the slave trade
  • Chetham’s Library, Manchester
  • John Rylands Library
  • Ongoing Bible translation

The list could go on…

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