I’ve been reading various cultural critiques of the mess we’ve gotten ourselves into, and several put the blame on the Reformation. The Reformation gave us radical individualism! The Reformation gave us the notion that truth is whatever we interpret it to be! The Reformation drained the physical world of its spiritual significance! The Reformation drained the social world of its spiritual significance! The Reformation shattered the Church! The Reformation shattered Christendom!
Luther gets blamed for all of this, even though most of the critics assume that he believed the same things that Calvin did and so confuse the two. Scholars who know better than that still often differ in the way they portray Luther. Some present him as the first modern man. Others, more recently, present him more as the last medieval man. [Read more...]