Article: When Reformers Traveled to India, China and Korea
By Rev. Dr. Joseph D’souza for Washington Times
Recently the world marked the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
In the U.S. and Europe, churches dedicated entire services and sermon series to the subject, tracing their theological history back to Oct. 31, 1517, Reformation Day. In Germany, where the date was declared a national holiday, more than 2 million people from across the world pilgrimaged to Wittenberg, the birthplace of the Reformation, to breathe the air of the historic occasion.
I was one of the many who traveled to Wittenberg and retraced Martin Luther’s famous path to the All Saints’ Church, where he nailed his 95 Theses.
Who would’ve believed an unassuming 800-yard street, which was all Wittenberg was five centuries ago, would set the scene for the events that shaped modern Western civilization? Yet Luther’s act of defiance that day had such historical significance that Time magazine has listed him among the top 10 greatest people of the last millennium.
Without a shadow of a doubt, the Protestant Reformation stands firmly as the most consequential event in modern Christianity and Western history. Yet in the weeks leading up to the Reformation’s quincentennial, I noticed most modern observers missed the fact that the Reformation didn’t just change the West; it also changed the East.
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