This coming October 31st marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. On that day 500 years ago – October 31st, 1517 – Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. All of Europe would be transformed.
What many people don’t know, however, is that just 30 years later the Reformation was nearly extinguished and annihilated.
When Martin Luther died in 1546, Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V, imposed his infamous Augsburg Interim in an attempt to smash the Protestant Reformation. The Interim brought all the Protestant lands back under Roman Catholic rule, belief, and practice.
Only one city defied – the outlawed Magdeburg.
The pastors of Magdeburg… [click here to read about this little known history].