The Reformator

Not every people in world have courage, strong drive and faith like Martin Luther. His faith to God and concern about religion-practice in his era led him to Christian Reformation. He also had help from innovation of technology. Since then, religion-map in this world never be the same again.


Martin Luther did not agree with indulgence paper, that sold by Roman Catholic Church in order to raised money for rebuild St. Peter Basilica Church in Rome. Then he wrote a thesis, which came to be known as The 95 Theses.

Thanks to the technology of printing press. The thesis was quickly translated from Latin to Germany; printed, and widely copied, making the controversy one of the first in history. Within two weeks, copies of the theses had spread throughout Germany; within two months throughout Europe. After that, Luther’s thought became popular among people. In his era, people who were agree with Luther’s thought became his follower and Christianity spread out to the world.

That was how media work. Information combine with printing technology created an unbelievable impact to society. Message could be transmitted beyond borders and gather masses. Also, people could take decision based on information that he has. Plus, the messages that everyone receive is the same because it written. It would be different with mouth-to-mouth messages.

Since printing was invented, knowledge not only a privilege for ruling class, but it became masses’. Every one has access to printed materials. For instance; Books are not privilege for upper class anymore but it become masses. Now, people have the same opportunity to learn and improve their knowledge.

Moreover, printing made Luther’s works exist. Years later, his idea turned into the basic thought of modern Christianity. For instance Calvinism, which led to others Christian sects.

Luther’s work will never sleep, his works still with us until today. I just imagine, if the printing press never invented; or Luther never took his action; what the world would be?


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