Discussion Topics for Reformation Day
- What were the key issues behind the Reformation?
- Who were the forerunners to the Reformation movement?
- Why is Martin Luther considered the Father of the Reformation?
- Which religious denominations came out of the Reformation?
- What role did the invention of the printing press play in the Reformation?
- How did Luther's doctrine differ from that of later reformers, including John Calvin?
- How did the Renaissance influence the Reformation?
- How did the Renaissance and the Reformation differ? In what ways were they similiar?
- In what language did Martin Luther initially write his 95 Theses? Why?
- Although Luther penned his 95 Theses in the academic language of the era, he later translated the New Testament into German -- the common language of the area. Why do you think he shifted his focus from scholars to the common man?
- Why did the Roman Catholic Church oppose efforts to translate the Bible and other religious documents into common languages?
- How did translation of the Bible into the language of the common man -- Wycliffe's English manuscript, Luther's New Testament, and Tyndale's printed English translation of the Bible -- impact society?
- What sorts of issues do people protest today?
- Have you ever felt strongly enough about an issue to participate in any sort of protest?
- By protesting against the doctrines and practices of the Medieval Church, the Reformers put their very lives in danger. More than a few faced a martyr's death for their beliefs. Do you have any beliefs that you would be willing to die for? If so, what are they? If not, can you envision yourself ever holding such beliefs? Explain your answer.
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