Martin Luther’s Reformation, which saw the birth of Protestantism as one of Christianity’s primary branches, was an important event. Reformation resulted in a reformulation and reinterpretation of Christian doctrines. Martin Luther was a pioneer in Protestantism, developing its core doctrine of trust in God, redemption through grace and the Bible, which is the ultimate Christian authority. Martin Luther challenged the authority of the pope and certain Roman Catholic Church practices like indulgence. One of the main effects of the Protestant Reformation is the separation of church from state. Before the Protestant Reformation the Catholic Church was the world’s center of authority. The church was not separated from the state. Nations like France or Britain were still subject to Papal authority (Leaver 703). The influence of the church had grown, and nations were able to resist the pope through the Reformation. It is apparent in the current culture as a majority of nations lack a religion that can be called their state.
It promoted Protestantism’s expansion in Europe. Many Europeans were encouraged to take a closer look at Lutheran and Baptist faiths. Spreading antisemitism in Europe was facilitated by the Reformation. Europeans became more intotolerant of antisemites. Luther condemned Jews who refused to convert to Christianity and promoted antisemitism (Leaver 704). Europeans had a different perception of Jews and Semites when there was no intolerance. The Reformation marked a turning point in literacy, as it resulted in a surge of popular literacy. People went to school so that they could learn the Bible. The primary institution that taught religious concepts was the church. Luther believed that all should read the Bible. He advocated education that encourages reading in both men and women. Education was considered a luxurious luxury by aristocrats during this time.