The Protestant Reformation

In 1517, Martin Luther–a German Monk–posted a list of 95 points of concern about the Roman Catholic church. This act–and the political tensions which existed in Europe at the time–split Europe between Catholic and “Protestant” regions.

Of course not all Protestants were followers of Luther. French theologian John Calvin was another thinker whose ideas went beyond reforming the Church and entered into the realm of reforming society. Below are some examples of documents which illustrate the range of ideas during this time.

Luther’s letter to the Archbishop of Mainz on the sale of Indulgences (1517)
Church Regulations for Geneva (1547)