The Reformation in 100 Facts (Paperback) by Chater Kathleen
The Reformation is one of the most important events in world history. It sparked changes in beliefs attitudes and behaviours that set off a chain of devastating wars in Europe created the United States and still shapes the modern world even in secular societies that no longer have any faith in a supernatural deity and in countries where Christians are in the minority. Yet it had relatively low-key beginnings: in 1517 a German monk Martin Luther thought there was room for improvement in the Roman Catholic church to which he belonged. Instead he discovered he had founded a new religion which became known as Protestantism. The Protestant work ethic and WASPs (White Anglo-Saxon Protestants) are shorthand terms for a complex interrelationship between religion and society which developed in the centuries following the Reformation. This book gives a useful introduction to the major events of the Reformation itself and the consequences that have flowed from the new ways of thinking it created.