In the fourth part of the much acclaimed series The History of Christianity, Diarmaid MacCulloch makes sense of The Reformation, and of how a faith based on obedience and authority gave birth to one based on individual conscience.
He shows how Martin Luther wrote hymns to teach people the message of the Bible, and how a tasty sausage became the rallying cry for Swiss Reformer Ulrich Zwingli to tear down statues of saints, allow married clergy and deny that communion bread and wine were the body and blood of Christ. ‘Jesus ascended into heaven’, declared Zwingli. ‘He’s sitting at the right hand of the Father, not on a table here in Zurich.’.
To learn more about one of the greatest movements of history, you can watch it at this link – The Reformation.
Diarmaid MacCulloch (born 31 October 1951, Kent, England) is Professor of the History of the Church at the University of Oxford (since 1997) and Fellow (formerly Senior Tutor) of St Cross College, Oxford (since 1995).
His book Reformation: Europe’s House Divided 1490–1700 (2003) won the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award adding to his earlier success in carrying off the 1996 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Thomas Cranmer: A Life. Christianity: the first 3000 years, was published in September 2009 with a related television series on BBC 4.