2017 October 500 Years of Protestant Reformation, Brand Marketing & Mass Media

2017 October 500 Years of Protestant Reformation, Brand Marketing & Mass Media

Date: Sun. 8 Oct, 2017 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Duration: 1 Hour

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The  Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society's next meeting will be held on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at 2:00 PMat the 

Lincoln Learning Center, 611 Third Street, Sterling, IL.


Wolf Koch will give a presentation on "500 Years of Protestant Reformation, Brand Marketing & Mass Media." 

The 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation will be on October 31, 2017. An obscure Roman Catholic monk set the stage to become the most widely recognized and author/teacher of his era within a few short years. His fame started with an academic dispute over religious dogma, grew into a major religious movement and within a century resulted in a significant international conflict which decimated a large part of the population in what is now Germany. October 31, 1517 marks the beginning of a religious movement that influenced world history profoundly over the past five centuries, culminating in 800 million worldwide members of today's various Protestant Denominations. Come hear about Martin Luther's ascent from obscurity to his incredibly rapid fame. The presentation will review the beginnings of higher education outside the religious establishment, the printing of the Bible by Gutenberg in 1455, and the impact of printing technology on the development of 15th century European culture. It will emphasize the unique events and outside influences that enabled Martin Luther to succeed where previous reformers had failed; a series of events impossible without the development of mass media including printed texts, art works, illustrations, sermons and music. The presentation will provide a summary of the century that followed the Reformation, culminating in the Thirty Year War, a period during which parts of the Holy Roman Empire lost more than two thirds of its population.  Finally, we will highlight the mythology which developed around Martin Luther's image over the five centuries following the Reformation, making him one of the most noted and controversial figures in World history.



The program is free, everyone is encouraged to attend and refreshments will be served!