Video Series Commemorates the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

November 7, 2017 by Joe Small


October 31, 2017, marked 500 years since Martin Luther published his 95 theses disputing the practice of selling indulgences as a substitute for true repentance. This action by an obscure monk in a remote town in Germany helped ignite the massive shift in church practice which has come to be known as the Reformation.

To commemorate this anniversary, the Presbyterian Foundation has produced a series of videos on the Reformation – its leaders, its setting, and its implications for today. Six videos have been released so far:

  • Overview of the Reformation – How does the history of Martin Luther's published 95 theses affect our Church today?
  • Wittenberg, Zurich and Geneva: Cradles of the Reformation – These areas gave birth to two great streams of reformation doctrine that flow into the present and guide our faith today.
  • Martin Luther – a seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation rejecting certain teachings and practices in the Roman Catholic church.
  • Huldrych Zwingli – Important early leader of the Reformation in Switzerland.
  • John Calvin – Famous for his writings and teachings he was a central developer of the system of Christian theology called Calvinism or Reformed Theology.
  • Witness to the Reformation – The Reformation reclaimed the words of Paul, “We do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord …”
    2 Corinthians 4:5.

The videos are designed for use by pastors and church educators in worship services, Sunday school classes, or other church functions. Each video is 3 to 5 minutes in length.

View and download the videos here.