Remembering the Reformation
In this month when the Protestant Reformation is commemorated it is worth standing a few things on their head.
Yes, the Protestant Reformation was a tragedy. Yes, Martin Luther and John Calvin and the others were often deeply unpleasant characters. Yes, the Protestant Revolution was motivated by politics and money and hijacked by princes. Yes, Protestantism ruptured Christendom forever. Yes, the Protestant Revolution ushered in war, revolution and bloodshed on both sides. Yes, the Protestant Revolution was ugly, violent and Catholics should be scratching their heads wondering why on earth we should celebrate such a thing–as if the Romanovs would celebrate