Luther and the Protestant Reformation: Crash Course World History #218

In which John Green teaches you about the Protestant Reformation. Prior to the Protestant Reformation, pretty much everyone in Europe was a Roman Catholic. Not to get all great man, but Martin Luther changed all that. Martin Luther didn’t like the corruption he saw in the church, especially the sale of indulgences, so he left the church and started his own. And it caught on! And it really did kind of change the world. The changes increased literacy and education, and some even say the Protestant Reformation was the beginning of Capitalism in Europe.

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  1. Imagine being in medieval Europe and most can’t even read, rampant disease and sickness everywhere, and the RCC owns and runs literally everything. It’s no wonder the Church became so big.

  2. Secular evangelical-Lutheran here. This man was one of the greatest heroes of Western civilization. He tried to save the (((liars)), till the end. But (((they))) are set to destroy (((themselves))) and much of the world with (((them))).

    You should feel both great empathy and defensive vigilance when you deal with their (((problem))). The (((problem))) is they will not accept that (((their))) and [[[everyone else's]]]

    is they themselves.

    Choose your side.

  3. I was talking about Marthur Luther and how he stood up against the Roman Catholic Church, and my mom said I was wrong and he stood up for slavery and African Americans. She pissed me off because she confused Martin Luther with Marther Luther King Jr.

  4. Yeah say what you want about him you can love or hate him but a lot of the things Martin Luther was working for where addressing serious problems in the church and society of the whole at the time. He is someone whom you don’t have to love but you have to at least respect from a historical perspective.

  5. Islam is the true faith anyway. No reformation, sunni all the way. Isis only appeared 1400 years after, thanks to wahhabism during british control of middle east.

    Paul made christians worship jesus. While Abrahamic faith was to belive in one God that is only one. Jesus is a prophet too like prophet Muhammad, peace be upon them all.

  6. Nothing impacts your politics like your religion. They are inseparable in that your politics will always have gone through the rule based filter of your religion. So to say that the protestant re(volution)-formation is both political and religious is a thought error. Of course it is!

  7. Good job, Crash Course. One point that John could have made was what the money from the sale of indulgences was being used for: the rebuilding of St. Peter's Basilica under Pope Leo X. (A kind of "get of out hell free" card if you'll help rebuild our grand and glorious church in the Vatican.)

  8. That’s dumb Luther was a confused monk and but by faith alone is wrong because one Luther added alone in faith alone and the one time it does appear in the Bible it says that a man is not justified by works and not by faith alone so and their defence Romans 3:28 has a flaw apart from works it still recognises works the Catholic Church says that you are saved by mostly faith but partly works

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