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Why conservatives should hate the Reformation (which ruined everything)

Why conservatives should hate the Reformation (which ruined everything)

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Sure, Martin Luther’s actions and arguments gave us Evangelicals, Baptists, Pentecostals, and more. But it also led to a free for all that eventually undermined organized religion. The Halloween candy is mostly eaten, but the celebrations of Reformation Day (which also falls on October 31st) are still in full swing. The Reformation is a watershed event in religious and political history, but was it a good thing? To be sure, Martin Luther’s actions and arguments gave us Evangelicals, Baptists, Pentecostals, individuality, the idea of religious freedom, church shopping, free markets, and brought about the (counter-) reform of the Roman Catholic Church, but it also laid the groundwork for the rise of secular society. It’s Martin Luther’s world and we’re just living in it. In a series of publications that include his lengthy and erudite Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society and the recently published trade version Rebel in the Ranks, award-winning…
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