This is the second episode in a series titled “The Long Road to Reform.” Before diving into the THE Reformation, we’ll do some review and add not a few details to the story of the Church. We do this because I fear too many of us may have the impression Martin Luther & John Calvin were wild aberrations. That they just sprang up out of nowhere. Many Protestants see the Roman Catholic church as getting progressively more corrupt during the mate middle ages and that Luther was a lone good guy who stood up and said, “Enough!” Many Roman Catholics agree the late medieval Church got a bit off but see what Luther did as a gross over-reaction that took him off the rails.
So in this series of podcasts within the larger Church Story, I want to review make sure we understand The Reformation as an inevitable result of a long attempt at reform that had gone on in the Western church for a long time. And of course to do that, we’ll need to go back over some of the ground we’ve already covered.