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The Reformation didn’t only revolutionise clerical life, but also gave a push to a profound social development. Following Luther’s calling to own conscience, people increasingly noticed their own personality – and became more emancipated towards church and state. This caused an erosion of the unlimited power the authorities inhabited until then. From the freedom of every individual person, the freedom of conscience developed, which shapes our togetherness in state, church and society until today. And thus, a new understanding of community developed from the Reformation. 


With the help of the letterpress invented by Gutenberg in the 15th century, Luther’s writings spread explosively through the whole country and therefore, also his used language. Luther’s translation of the bible into German was the foundation of the formation of one uniform German written language. For the first time, people of lower educated classes got access to language, communication and media. The letterpress replaced the clerical position, which up till then represented itself as solely salvation –mediating institutions. God’s word was basically open to everyone who could read now. The Reformation ensured an enormous education boost because the literacy of the whole population – girls and boys! – became the new education ideal.