Conrad Mbewe

What a glorious year this has been! Wherever I look, there are efforts to acknowledge the great seismic event when a growing rebellion in the church led to what is now called the Protestant Reformation. On October 31, 2017, it was exactly 500 years since Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses (arguments) to the door of his church in Wittenberg.

To be sure, the Protestant Reformation was not like an explosion that takes place because of one ignition. Rather, as Enock Sakala shows in his article on the history of the Reformation, it was the culmination of a growing movement of dissent. Individual preachers like William Tyndale and John Wycliffe of England, Jerome Savonarola of Italy, John Hus of Bohemia, etc., were already agitating for change in their own countries. Yet things were only getting worse…until Erasmus laid the egg that Luther hatched!