Posted by: James Atticus Bowden | October 31, 2010

Reformation Day is for all Americans

October 31st.  Reformation Day – when Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to the church door in 1517 – is a celebration of ideas for all Americans.  Regardless of Christian denomination, other beliefs or anti-Deism of any strain.

Martin Luther’s pilgrimage to Rome was key in shaping his ideas for the 95 theses.

The ideas from the Protestant Reformation are basic to the four sub-cultures from the British Isles that are the basis of America and Americanism.  Moreover, Luther’s Reformation produced  Jean Calvin’s ideas which fueled the Edinburgh Enlightenment.  Scotland produced the professors for the American colleges where Thomas Jefferson and James Madison got their bright ideas.  Their ideas about God, government and man breed the words for the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Knowing God through the Bible, Sola Scriptura, leads to written constitutions  – where the Rule of Law is what is written.

Soul sufficiency for individuals to know God leads to individual freedoms – and a new idea about who is the sovereign of the state.

And on and on.

Consider what one man did at the Diet of Worms and see how his words resonated hundreds of years later when individuals stood up the greatest military power on earth and said, “I can do no other.”

Martin Luther at the Diet of Worms



  1. Indeed. Which points up the fact that replacing Marxists with Conservatives will not save the nation, it merely prolongs its demise.

    Without the zeal for truth and righteousness which compelled Martin Luther to risk it all we still end up with ‘corruption-lite’.

    If Jesus is not our standard, the Word of God not our final say, then unrepentant hearts still rule an unrepentant world, and wickedness slithers to the other side of the fence.

    God has had mercy.

  2. Thanks, CC. I don’t see the Nation’s decline in the black and white of God’s Word. I see individuals – our lives – in those terms. Nations come and go, as noted in the Bible.

    Our country needs to restore the Constitution. Our people need the Bible.

  3. A great film that has become a family Reformation Day tradition in our household.

    First step to restore the Constitution is to vote tomorrow.

    First step to national revival is is personal: 2 Chr 7:14

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