Today, there are countless Protestant Churches, but many people have no clue how all of these denominations begin. October 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, many people, including Christians, are unaware of the impact the Reformation had on the Christian church. According to Religion News Service, “53 percent of U.S. Protestants know virtually nothing about the importance of Martin Luther for the Reformation.” In order to understand the Protestant Reformation movement, it’s important that you go back in history to the early 16th century when there was only one church in Western Europe – the Roman Catholic Church – under the leadership of the Pope in Rome. Today, we call this Roman Catholic because there are so many other types of churches, for example Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran, Calvinist, Anglican, etc. Interested in learning more about the religious movement that not only shaped Christianity today, but transformed the Church? Here are six important things you should know about the Reformation.