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Hey, traveler

It isn’t every day you visit the birthplace of the Reformation. So read ahead and prepare for an überenriching experience.

Key Biographies

Talk about being countercultural! It’s never easy to stand up for what you know to be true, but that’s exactly what these faithful servants did—risking their very lives amidst danger and uncertainty, all for the Reformation movement.

Martin Luther

Katharina von
Bora Luther

Philip Melanchthon

John Bugenhagen

Lucas Cranach
the Elder

Lucas Cranach
the Younger

Frederick the Wise

Reformation Timeline

So how did the Reformation unfold? It’s a lot of history to cover, but you can get an at-a-glance overview with our Reformation Timeline.

Instructors, here’s a hands-on Reformation Timeline Activity you can use with your students.
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October 31, 1517

Martin Luther posts Ninety-Five Theses on the Castle Church door

Spring 1518

Heidelberg Disputation

June 1520

Papal bull Exsurge Domine

October 1520

Luther writes The Babylonian Captivity of the Church

January 1521

Luther excommunicated

April 17, 1521

Diet at Worms

May 1521

Luther at Wartburg Castle

September 1522

German New Testament published

1525

Peasants’ War

June 1525

Luther marries Katharina von Bora

December 1525

German Mass in Wittenberg

1527

Saxony visitations

1529

Luther publishes catechisms

October 1–4, 1529

Marburg Colloquy

April–June, 1530

Diet of Augsburg and Presentation of the Augsburg Confession

1531

Smalcald League formed

1534

Luther’s complete German Bible published

1536

Wittenberg Concord

1538

Luther’s Smalcald Articles published

1545

Council of Trent begins

1546

Luther dies

1546–1547

Smalcald War

1548

Augsburg Interim agreement

1555

Peace of Augsburg

Catechetical Connections

You’ve studied and memorized the catechism. You know it by heart. Now, go to the heart of where it all began. Explore what life was like during the Reformation movement.

On the following tabs you will find the text of the catechism, as well as an outline of one way to structure prayer. Take the catechism on your journey throughout Wittenberg and discover the many connections to the places you will visit.

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