October 31, 2011

Reformation and Transformation

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Nearly 500 years ago, on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed 95 theses for debate on the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany. Luther's provocative theses, written in Latin, critiqued certain views and practices of the church of his day, notably the sale of indulgences, pieces of paper one could purchase to release the souls of loved ones from purgatory. The translation and duplication of these theses, more than any other event, spawned the Protestant Reformation.

Here at EduDeo Ministries we commemorate this moment in history, largely because through the Reformation the power of God's Word, no longer inhibited by spurious traditions, was unleashed. The Reformers made God's word central in their worldview in part because they saw its relevance for every aspect of life, not least the education of children.

We at EduDeo Ministries endeavour to promote Word-based education throughout the world only because we share with the Reformers this pivotal conviction that the Word of God is more than an instructive manual, but a transformative power able to change hearts and shape lives after God's image. Please join us today in commemorating Reformation Day!


William Young
Oct 31, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Thanks for posting this important reminder about the connection between the Protestant Reformation and education. I suppose one could also have pointed out that the notion of universal compulsory education derives more from Martin Luther than any other figure in Western Civilization. Here's what he wrote to German rulers in 1524: "Dear rulers ... I maintain that the civil authorities are under obligation to compel the people to send their children to school. ... If the government can compel such citizens as are fit for military service to bear spear and rifle, to mount ramparts, and perform other martial duties in time of war, how much more has it a right to compel the people to send their children to school, because in this case we are warring with the devil, whose object it is secretly to exhaust our cities and principalities of their strong men."

Furthermore, John Calvin advanced the cause of the Reformation largely through education. He wrote a catechism for young children to memorize and he helped launch a successful school (the Genevan Academy) to which parents from all over Europe sent their children.

Thanks for your part in continuing this tradition!

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