Nobody home, I guess. In there. Not in here. I mean there is somebody at home here, in here. Chuck. That’s who. Me. And there’s no– anyway… Not sure if that’s how Martin Luther
did it when he nailed to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg Germany his ninety-five theses. It’s quite possible
also that the Wittenberg looked a little different
than this. Right? It’s probably outdoors, first of all. Number two, it probably didn’t have a big glass in there. Anyway…. It was all hallow’s eve, October 31st, 1517 and some say it was the beginning of
the Protestant Reformation. Excuse me, the protestant whaaaaat? Sound familiar? Does, doesn’t it? It doesn’t? That’s what I thought. Tell you what, stick around for a few minutes we’ll tell you all about the Protestant Reformation on
this episode of Chuck Knows Church. [Intro Music Begins] You know, interestingly most historians
now feel the Martin Luther nailing his work to the
church door thing, never actually happened. More likely, it was a mass email, then a
social network campaign where he begged people to like the Protestant Reformation. Or even more likely than that there was a written invitation to
participate in or observe a debate on Luther’s ninety-five theses. Now the
Reformation began as an attempt to reorganize and
clean up the Catholic Church mainly by priests who oppose what they
felt were false doctrines and unethical practices. Now those looking to
reform the church saw evidence of the systematic corruption of the Roman Catholic Church up to, and
including, the Pope. Now, the term protestant was not initially applied to the
Reformation, but later it was added to refer to all the groups protesting key elements
of the Roman Catholic doctrine and polity. In any case the price the
Reformation was the 16th century European movement
many historians believe open the doors to the modern era. And the
name most often associated with that movement;
Martin Luther, the German monk, Catholic priest, and professor of theology who wrote, right, the ninety-five theses. It gained support from sincere religious reformers in
Germany, the Netherlands Scandinavia, Scotland, parts of France Tatooine, Hoth. [Laughter off camera] Right? Last two were actually from Star Wars. Any fans? Yet there were still others not so sincere who took advantage of the reform
movement just to gain control of the church
property. And as hope of reforming the Roman Catholic
Church faded, the ones protesting, the “pro-testants”, or as we say now, the protestants — way to be there with me everyone — they were forced to separate
from Roman Catholicism. This led to Lutheran churches in Germany and other Eastern European
countries, reformed churches in Switzerland and
the Netherlands, presbyterian churches in Scotland, the Anglican Church in
England, and the Rebel Alliance in a galaxy far, far away. Right? Star Wars again. All of which
have evolved into the protestant denominations that we know today. If you would like to know more be sure
to ask your pastor — or rent Star Wars. Tell them Chuck sent you.