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THE REFORMING POWER of the Scriptures

This illustrated monthly series in the Journal encompasses the dramatic history of how the world's scriptures developed over thousands of years. It focuses on the great reformers who wrote and translated the Bible. Many of these reformers gave their lives to make the Bible and its reforming influence available to all men and women.

Luther launches the Protestant Reformation

From the March 1994 issue of The Christian Science Journal

"The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me." So wrote Martin Luther, the great reformer who fought to give the Bible to the German people.

In translating the Bible for his fellow Germans, Luther opened floodgates of thought in Western Europe that could never again be shut. His Bible—the Luther Bible—set the standard for future translations of the Scriptures from Latin and Hebrew and Greek into languages ordinary people could understand—such as French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Swedish, Danish, Icelandic, and English.

Luther's bold break from the Roman Catholic Church changed the face of Western Christendom forever. This, in turn, created a climate in which men, women, and children could finally own and read the Bible without fear of reprisal.

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