I live in Germany and was talking to a Catholic priest today and we were discussing the cultures that developed in Europe from different beliefs. We were both commenting on Catholic countries such as Italy, Spain and Ireland which developed what we both considered more community based and warm connected cultures compared to the Northern Protestant countries such as Germany and England where individualism was more emphasised. He believed this was due to Germanic culture that existed in what is now modern Germany, Switzerland and Austria which were divided into tiny fiefdoms, cities and towns which each had their own traditions, laws and locally elected mayors and burgers. This priest felt that the secular structures where used for the new models of church. Naturally equality and increased democracy seem like a good thing until they are brought into the church and traditional beliefs are open to change by a show of hands
Do you agree with his thesis and if so do you have any evidence that Protestantism has taken ideas that were originally part of Germanic culture? Were Luther, Calvin and Zwigli all German I’m background?