The Point: The Reformation and the Modern World

Happy Birthday, modern world. For the Colson Center, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

Tomorrow marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. On October 31, 1517, tradition says that Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the door of the castle church at Wittenberg.

But what so many fail to appreciate is that Luther’s protest against the scandals within the Church set the stage for the modern world.

Eric Metaxas and I talk about this today and Wednesday on the BreakPoint podcast—which is available at Our ideas about free inquiry, democracy, education, and capitalism can all be traced back to the Reformation—more specifically, Eric says, to Luther’s dramatic confrontation with church and secular leaders at the Diet of Worms.

When they demanded he recant, Luther replied that unless he were convinced “by Scripture and plain reason,” he could not.

So please, check out our BreakPoint podcast today and again on Wednesday to hear my conversation with Eric Metaxas on Martin Luther, the Reformation, and the modern world.


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  • wlawhorn

    We are gathered tonight in Berlin with 650 global protestant leaders representing over 500,000 churches. www. the Wittenberg 2017 Congress. The last session will be held in the Castle Church in Wittenburg on Wednesday 1 November, All Saints Day. Luther would have nailed his 95 theses in the evening of October 31 (the tween before the Hallowed Day) (we call it Hallowed-Ween) knowing it would be seen on All Saints Day. The Congress Declaration is Finish 2030 , Reach all Unreached Groups by 2030. The event is being streamed live @