Prompt: Imagine that you are a teenager living in Germany in the year 1585 AD. Your parents are Protestant, but your grandparents were Catholic. One day, as your are walking to school, you see a UFO land in a wheat field. You run over to investigate and out steps an alien from a distant universe. Luckily, this creature speaks perfect English (you do too, I know…I know…you’re in Germany). The creature seems especially interested in belief systems and asks you to explain why you and your parents are Protestants, but you grandparents were Catholic
ALIENS INTERESTED IN HUMAN HISTORY
The sun was scorching hot as the dusty wind blew into my blue eyes. It was irritating at first but as the pleasurable scent of fresh wheat surrounded the atmosphere, I closed my eyes and listening to the soothing music coming from the birds. Unexpectedly, the windows were flapping hurriedly. Packing my school supplies as I sprinted towards the window suspicious for what was happening.
“A SPACESHIP, A SPACESHIP.”I yelled surprisingly.
I ran downstairs and straight into the fields of wheat. I took a step closer and closer and here comes this strange looking creature that walked out of this metal spaceship. It said ‘Hello’ to me. It had a fury strange looking tale and an exotic looking face with a smooth half gold half black body.
“I mean no harm towards your planet. I’m here to ask questions on your civilization.” it spoke in a soft voice.
I was surprised that it spoke English perfectly. It began asking me why aren’t there just Catholic and why was there Catholic and Protestant.
I began explaining “The Protestant Reformation began in the early 1500s and ended in the 1600s. Before the protestant reformation, western Europe was still a part of the Roman Catholic Church. The Pope and the Catholics cared about their power and wealth that they started selling indulgences and simony for money when nuns and priests would break their vows by getting married. Many people weren’t pleased with the church’s actions therefore they wanted a reformation for the Catholic Church. One of them was Martin Luther. So there was 2 sides.”
“Oh I understand, why were your parents Protestants and your grandparents Catholics?” he asked again curiously.
This was unexpected question to hear from an Alien who was interested in human history. I began explaining:
My grandparents were born when the protestant reformation didn’t start yet and their parent’s supported the Catholic Church. At that time, Martin Luther hadn’t written his 95 theses and so everyone would follow the catholic church. The Catholic Church was very powerful at that time and was feared by many people. They were as powerful as the Kings and Queens of other countries. Anyone that was against the church would be burnt alive because the Pope would say that going against the Catholic Church means going against Jesus Christ. Citizens and people were frightened by the Pope therefore they would join the Catholic Church. My grandparent’s parents wanted to avoid negative things happening to them therefore they were with the Catholic Church. When my parents were born, the protestant reformation already started. Since I’m from Germany and Martin Luther was stronger in Germany because he had German supporters. Germans saw Luther as a hero. Because Luther was stronger in Germany, and my parents are German, they have a higher chance of following Luther. Luther had the bible translated from Latin to German therefore when my parents were children at that time, they read the bible and realized what the Catholic Church was doing which was wrong. They were selling indulgences and simony. Bibles were the first things to roll off the printing presses which means there was a higher probability that more children would read the bible instead of other books. Luther also wrote the 95 theses that helped him with his argument against the Catholic Church which brought even more supporters. The religious war ended in 1955 as Luther made his own church in Germany and called themselves Lutheranism. Since my parents live in Germany, they followed Luther and became a protestant. “
After i’ve finished my explanation, the alien who i thought was my only friend drifted away slowly into other planets searching for more history .