If it hadn’t been for the Reformation:
For example, in America, there would never have been Pilgrim Fathers if there had not first been a Protestant Reformation.The Reformation has profoundly affected the modern view of politics and law. Prior to the Reformation the Church governed politics; she controlled emperors and kings and governed the law of lands.
The meaning of much western literature is really quite meaningless apart from an understanding of the Reformation. Moreover, for all practical purposes, Martin Luther stabilized the German language.
In the realm of science, it is generally granted by modern historians that there would never have been modern science were it not for the Reformation. All scientific investigation and endeavor prior to that had been controlled by the church. Only through sheer ignorance of history do many modern scientists believe that Protestantism, the true evangelical faith, opposes true science.
The Reformation laid down once and for all the right and obligation of the individual conscience, and the right to follow the dictates of that individual conscience. Many men who talk lightly and glibly about “liberty” neither know nor realize that they owe their liberty to this event.