The beginning of the Reformation is typically seen as October 31, 1517 when Martin Luther posted his ninety-five theses. This began a "break-off" from the Catholic Church. However, when Martin Luther posted the theses, he did not originally want to break off from the church; he simply had 95 items he wanted to discuss for change in the Church. Hence it was called "The Reformation," not "The Separation," even though a separation would more accurately describe what eventually occurred.
This resistance to the Catholic Church led to the formation of other denominations besides Lutheranism, which was developed by the followers of Martin Luther. The Reformation is considered to be historically important because it changed the course of history for the religious world. Instead of one Christian church for the whole world, there is now a division of many denominations. This parting of the ways has led to inquisitions and wars, prejudice and hatred. It has also led to greater faith for many by the distribution of the Bible and the preaching of personal salvation all over the world. Even though Christianity is divided in the pews, denominations often come together to work for the good of a humane cause.