Anglicans and the Reformation
2017 marks 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his ninety-five theses on to the front door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany, arguably motivating the reformed-minded churches in Europe to kickstart the Protestant Reformation. In fact, this coming October 31st would be to the day the 500th anniversary. And now I find myself working at All Saints Dallas — how cool is this?!
Did you know that Martin Luther and the other reformers had unifying ideas around their objections of the medieval church? The 5 solas for instance had become indicative of their convictions: sola scriptura, sola fide, sola gratia, soli deo gloria, and solus christus. And they were also critical of the medieval church’s approach to the sacraments, leadership within the church and the pope, the Bible, and worship within the local congregation — although different churches throughout Europe found their expression and response a bit different from each other.
Interestingly too, the church in England had a slightly different approach and history to their own reformation. And so as Anglicans, our way of doing church and the Christian life has a slightly different past which has influenced us to this day. So, in an effort to rediscover or, maybe for the first time, learn our reasons for doing and believing certain practices and doctrines we will be teaching a education class on Anglican Reformation Theology every Sunday in October. Some of the questions we will seek to answer include:
What did the reformers find so awful about the state of things to cause such a rift?
Was the medieval church really selling indulgences to people?
Why and how was the reformation in England different from the rest of Europe?
What is so different about protestant and roman catholic theology?
We hope to see you at our first class this first Sunday of October downstairs from 10:20-10:50 a.m.
Rev. Mark Walz