Reformation History

How did reformation reflect humanist ideas?

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September 17, 2014 5:16PM

In very general terms, the Protestant Reformation of the 16th

century reflected humanistic ideas insofar as it strongly

emphasized the importance of individual experience, thought, and

conviction in Christianity. Quite unlike much of what had come

before, in previous centuries of Christian practice and

spirituality, the fiery refusal of Martin Luther to betray his

conscience out of loyalty to the truth reflects a new birth (or,

perhaps more accurately, rebirth) of individuality in Western


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