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Video: Why rituals still matter, 500 years after the Reformation fought against them

POSTED: November 1, 2017 9:00 a.m.
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In this video, you'll learn why rituals still matter, 500 years after the Reformation fought against them

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Editor's note: Oct. 31 marks 500 years since, according to tradition, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to a church door in Germany — an act that sparked the Protestant Reformation and changed both religion and Western society. This video is part of a package of stories exploring the Reformation's impact on the world we live in today.

More people today are seeking out rituals, both inside and outside houses of worship, to help provide meaning in a fast-paced, modern world, according to religious observers and experts.

Rituals have long provided an anchor to human experience by easing difficult transitions, celebrating significant spiritual milestones and cementing communities through shared traditions. But 500 years ago, some religious reformers wanted to banish any ritual that wasn't mentioned in the Bible. Here's why they were fighting a losing battle.

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