We have a separation between the church and state emphasizing that they are intimately connected, yet separate and not to be blended.
People are also often talking about the Welfare State as something Lutheran.
»What happened on a larger scale in 1536 happened already 10 years earlier in a ‘mini-version’ in Haderslev and Tørning Len in Southern Jutland.And reformatory preachers and adherents also spread in many Danish cities like Viborg, Malmö and Copenhagen.»You were asking for the importance of the Reformation.I would say that what we have today is a modern version of what was introduced in the 1530’s.Sweden rolled forth and back between Catholicism and the Reformation for approximately 80 years before it finally became Lutheran in the beginning of the 17th century.
The Danish kings tried from the beginning to prevent such turmoil and unrest.
Confessional diversities were put aside and kept out of Denmark.
Consequently, a text like the Formula of Concord, which sought to deal with, and settle, the inner confessional quarrels in Germany, is not a part of the Danish state of confession.
In popular culture we have this movie-like scene of Luther nailing his Ninety-Five Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, which together with his quote »Hier stehe Ich, Ich kann nicht anders« builds a powerful image. »What we know, is that on the 31st of October Luther sent the 95 theses to the Archbishop of Mainz and Magdeburg Albrecht of Brandenburg, and to the local bishop in Wittenberg, Hieronymus Schultz, to point their attention to what he thought was the misuse of indulgences.
»The question of the nailing to the door remains controversial, as we do not really know what happened.
Yet, it often remains unclear what the Reformation was really about. On the 31st of October 1517 Martin Luther, a monk and professor of theology, portrayed by some as a humble man searching for the truth, by some as a charlatan with a devil at his side, changed the whole direction of European history.