Issue 46

Editor’s Note

Reformation: Other faces

History has always been an open book that is filled with the advancement of human society. But whenever we have a moment to take a look at the past, it is almost impossible not to see bloodshed and wars. The path of history is marred with violence and death on every angle, but on the latter part of that path, we see less blood and dirt. If there’s one thing that constantly brings back our faith in humanity, it’s our ability to change for the betterment of the society. Several societal laws and norms existed in the past that even being mentioned today would shock people. Like slavery for example, existed for thousands of years and was common in almost every part of the world. But with society’s valuation of human dignity, slavery slowly lost its foothold on Earth and virtually everyone today live as free and dignified men. The quality of their freedom and the use of their dignity however, are fit for another topic entirely. Reformations happen when certain conditions are met. Reformation often refer to things that are in a grand scale – things that are beyond immediate fixing or quick solutions. It requires people, or even one person, to identify the need to

change, execute the process to change, and fight for it – sometimes even until death. When Abraham Lincoln deemed that slavery in the US was morally wrong, he did everything he could to challenge it despite slavery being sanctioned by the highest court. And though he made a lot of enemies and died because of it, he was more than a catalyst to the peaceful end of slavery. Two thousand years back when the Jewish elite under the Roman government exercised abusive control of church and state, another man stood up and created a movement to radically change the lives of people of every race, gender, and creed. Jesus, the Son of a carpenter, changed the course of history with the Jewish people, and caused the Romans and other believers to abandon their old faith and religions. Of course, Jesus made some enemies and got crucified on a cross for it. The string of abuse of power inside religions didn’t stop there, so another man by the name of Martin Luther, hammered its contention to a church door to send a message that the current powers weren’t doing what they were supposed to be doing as commanded by their God. And so came the Protestant Reformation

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