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Debating in Middle and Lower Years

Year 2 came to watch Year 7’s perspectives lesson, in which the pupils debated about forgiveness and the power of the church by re-staging Diet of Worms from 1521.

This event saw Martin Luther put on trial after publishing his famous 95 theses and books that criticised the practices of the Roman Catholic Church. Luther was especially angry at the Church for selling indulgences (selling the forgiveness of sins) to raise money for new buildings in the Vatican. His ideas would eventually lead to the founding of a new branch of Christianity: Protestantism.

The Year 7 pupils prepared arguments for both sides of the debate – Luther’s and the Catholic Church. Year 2 watched their elder peers argue impromptu before contributing their views to the debate: the children were fairly unanimous in their support for Luther’s reforms, adamant that “love can’t be bought”.