Reformation of the 16th Century


This exhibit demonstrates how the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century significantly impacted the Roman Catholic religion in Europe.

Block 1

My first block provides support for how the Protestant Reformation began on October 31st, 1517 with Martin Luther’s posting of his 95 theses’. This day was the beginning of a significant change in the religious makeup of Europe. My first source, which is an image, shows the title of a book (October 31st 1517, authored by Martin E. Marty) of the specific date that the reformation started. I found this book at the Hennepin County Library in Plymouth. My second source (Social Media) is a quote from Martin Luther. The quote states “I must listen to the Gospel. It tells me, not what I must do, but what Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has done for me.” This quote shows Martin Luther’s passion for the Gospel and Jesus Christ. This passion is what drove Martin Luther to begin and lead the Reformation.

Subject A: Source 1


I found this picture in a book called October 31st 1517 Martin Luther and the Day that Changed the World at the Hennepin County Library. The link is of the same book but I found that link online.

October 31st 1517 Martin Luther book

Subject B: Source 2:

Social Media:

Pinterest quote by Martin Luther, Commentary on Galatians

Block 2:

My second block also provides support on how Protestants sought to reform the Catholic church of the 16th century. My Words source (voyant tools) states how the Protestants rejected papal authority and (with it) much of the traditional beliefs and practices of the established church. With the aid of the printing press, the Protestants could get their message out to the European population quickly and effectively to capture converts. In my time source it shows the progression of the Protestant Reformation that began in 1517 and continued until 1685. In this time period you have the three major leaders of the Reformation (Martin Luther, John Calvin, and King Henry VIII) and the important dates that changed the face of religion in Europe forever.

Source 3:

Words (a voyant analysis of a text):

The Protestant Reformation:

religious change and the people of the sixteenth-century Europe

Source 4:

Time (a dated source):

Timeline of Reformation

Block 3:

My third block provides further support for the rather quick foothold the Protestant faith created in Europe in the 16th century. The growth of the Protestant faith was at the detriment of the Catholic faith. My numbers source shows how already in 1565 there are multiple Protestant segments (Lutherans, Calvinist, and Church of England) established in Europe. My map source further shows the growth of the Protestant faith out of the centers in Germany (Lutherans), Switzerland (Calvinism), and England (Church of England) which corresponds to the decline in numbers of the Catholic faith in these areas of Europe.

Subject C: Source 5

Numbers (statistics about your topic):

The Reformation: Significance and Impact

Source 6:

Map (GIS map):


My sources support my thesis by showing how Martin Luther (started the Reformation on October 31st 1571, Germany), John Calvin (Switzerland) and King Henry VIII (England) all played an important role in the Protestant Reformation. My thesis is also supported by the fact that before the Reformation, in which almost 100% of Europe was Roman Catholic and after the Reformation there was a significant population of Protestants throughout Europe. The end result of the Reformation was that the Roman Catholic religion in Europe was impacted forever.


Source 1: Picture

Marty, Martin E. “October 31, 1517: Martin Luther and the Day That Changed the World.” Martin E. Marty: 9781612616568 – Forward by James Martin, 2016. Web. 27 Apr. 2017. <>.

Source 2: Social Media

Kisner, Liz. “Serving the Lord and My Family.” Pinterest. Monergism Books, 12 Sept. 2016. Web. 28 Apr. 2017. <>.

Source 3: Words (a voyant analysis of a text):

Greengrass, Mark. “The Protestant Reformation: Religious Change and the People of Sixteenth-century Europe ©.” COREDOC1. University of Sheffield, 1997, 1997. Web. 26 Apr. 2017. <>.

Source 4: Time (a dated source):

Emberson, Iain A. “Reformation History.” Timeline of Reformation History (1517-1685)., 01 Nov. 2016. Web. 26 Apr. 2017. <>.

Source 5: Numbers (statistics about your topic):

 Wiley, John. “The Reformation.” Infogram, 2017. Web. Apr.-May 2017. <>.

Source 6: Map (GIS map):

The Protestant Reformation Map. Digital image. Slideplayer. N.p., n.d. Web. Apr.-May 2017. <>.








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