Celebrating a love-affair

Alec Ryrie
August 01st, 2017

While scholars concur that there have been several reformations throughout church history, there is only one that people tend to think of when they refer to “The Reformation,” and that is the Protestant Reformation. It began in 1517 when a German monk and theologian named Martin Luther circulated his Ninety-Five Theses, which objected to certain practices by the Roman Catholic Church.

Alec Ryrie is Professor of the History of Christianity at Durham University. This fall, he will be a featured guest as Wycliffe College marks the 500th anniversary of that historic occurrence, by hosting a series of special events intended to communicate the background, context, key personalities, and ideas of the Protestant Reformation, and to explore its legacy for the church today.

In this blog post, Ryrie writes, "Before Protestantism was a theological system, it was a love-affair."