Roanoke College Coffee Shop Talks

Roanoke College Coffee Shop Talks

Contact: Jennifer Rosti, rosti@roanoke.edu

Mr. Tim Isaacs and Mr. Mike Pace, Center for Teaching the Rule of Law: "The Rule of Law and the Protestant Reformation: Protest and Reform"

The sound of the hammer that nailed Luther's 95 Theses to a church door in 1517, thus starting the Protestant Reformation, still echoes today. While Luther's protest was instigated by the religious crisis of his day, the resulting reform movement influenced every aspect of European and, eventually, American life. Indeed, the protest and reform associated with the Protestant Reformation profoundly affected the evolution of the rule of law by providing the legal and moral foundation for civil societies based on the ideals of fairness, equality, stability, and justice - ideals that are the core of the rule of law.