Protestant Reformation

German toy company Playmobil released a Martin Luther figurine this year, ahead of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in 2017. The first run of 34,000 sold out in less than 72 hours.

Martin Luther didn’t just reform the church, he reformed the German language


Martin Luther is best known as the instigator of the Protestant Reformation, but his Bible translations used a form of conversational language that Germans had never before seen in print. It marked the beginning of modern German, which had never before been a unified language.

Margot Kaessmann, Lutheran theologian and organizer for the "2017 Reformation Jubilee," calls Martin Luther, "one of the most important Germans in history."

Almost 500 years since Martin Luther’s Protestant Reformation, Germany takes another look at his legacy

The door on the side of All Saints' Church in Wittenberg, Germany. In 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses here sparking the Reformation. The original door was destroyed in a fire, but this black bronze door marks the historical spot.

Did Martin Luther’s reformation 500 years ago leave its mark on today’s eurozone budget crisis?