Posted by: James Atticus Bowden | November 1, 2009

Happy Reformation Day

Happy Reformation Day

It Coulda Been Jan Hus

On October 31st, 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on the door of the Wittenberg Church.   It became the official start of the Protestant Reformation.  492 years of new light on the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Jan Hus could have started the whole movement the century before but he trusted in a truce with the Roman Catholic church authorities – and was burned at the stake.  Martin Luther hid out, was protected and took the time to translate the Bible into German.   Essentially creating written German. 

I’m so grateful for my ancestors’ decisions when faced with two views of truth.  Some had their lives threatened and fled to Virginia as religious refugees.   Which makes me all the more thankful.

The full flowering of the English branch and, thus, the American branch of Western Civilization was fundamentally shaped, watered, feed and exploded in growth with Protestant thought.   Obviously, the Protestant thinking stood on the shoulders of Roman Catholic, Roman, Greek and Hebrew thought – as well as the unique Anglo-Saxon, Norman and Celtic inputs.  Especially since Magna Charta in 1215.

Protestant ideas are essential to American Civilization.  America never would have become America without them.  We would be a variation on a theme of Latin America.  

I celebrate Reformation Day for the blessings the Protestant Reformation brought America.  The world.  My family – all clans.  And me. 

Soul sufficiency.  Priesthood of the believers.  Sola Scriptura. 

Thanks, Brother Martin.



  1. Great.
    I particularly like the “variation on a theme of Latin America” comment. So true. What made us different even from Canada with its large Catholic influence in Quebec. Largely it was the philosophy and ethic that arose from the Reformation.

    It is even more important today, and that is why I celebrated Reformation Day last Saturday while most were celebrating Halloween.

  2. Thanks. Glad you do so.

  3. JAB,

    We Catholics prefer saying “Revolution” instead of “Reformation.” We also enjoy barbecues.

    Peter Galuszka

    PS: I really enjoyed your novel but the protagonists are always eating huge country breakfasts. They must weigh 500 lbs. each.

  4. Thanks, PG.

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