Influences of the Reformation on Culture


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Influences of the reformation on culture

The reformation proved to be more than a piousundertaking as it extended and developed further the aspects of theRenaissance. Babcock (2011) asserts that the renaissance shaped theworld as people dispensed ideas and thoughts thus, improvements andadvancement of people’s lives. In the same breadth, the reformationopened people’s eyes to the reality as reformists taught peopleabout the absolute truth, pursuance of the truth, and enlightenedmeans of engagements. In fact, Babcock (2011) contends that MartinLuther King Jr. intended his ideas and principles to be religious,but they contributed greatly to the culture then and now. Reformationdid not just occur in the realms of the church and the state, but itactually ensued as an advancement of people’s power i.e. theseparation of a person from the authority of the state and thechurch. With it came the development of a new crop of Christians whopreached and taught a religious liberty without any influence orpersecution from churches or states. In addition, the right toworship ensued, which allowed the notion of the freedom of people torelate in a religious manner devoid of any control.

The denial of government’s controls allowed thedevelopment of the principles that shape most governments today forexample, most countries do engrain the right to worship in theirconstitutions. The values of the reformation have influenced myrelationship with the grace of God, my conscience, access to God, andthe freedom to engage in a religious manner without any undueinfluence, control, persecution, entanglement, or coercion from thestate or individuals. I take pride that America developed under thenotions and values of the Reformation.


Babcock, M. A., (2011). The Story of WesternCulture (2nded.) HPS Publishing