Of Protestants and Princes

As with many of the rights we consider human rights, the concept of religious freedom did not drop down from the sky as a revelation. These concepts were adopted as the result of hard experience. Take the example of Europe after the Protestant Reformation. For the first time, a schism within Christianity, initiated by Martin Luther and his Ninety-five theses in 1517, tore through the heart of Europe and lead to over one hundred years of nearly continuous religious warfare.

Martin Luther at the Diet of Worms. Painting by Anton von Werner, 1877




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