Ap Euro Dbq Counter Reformation

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The Protestant Reformation was important in European History because with it came a Counter-Reformation.The Reformation revealed corruption in the Church, such as buying and selling salvation—indulgences—for profit, simony, and the overall battles for power and wealth (within the Church). Martin Luther and John Calvin were crusaders for the reformation and were able to share their ideas and beliefs effectively; they were then accepted/recognized by the people—the educated and uneducated, the middle class and nobility. Luther and Calvin’s beliefs allowed for other people to find a sense of freedom and individualism in religion. The Counter-Reformation was Church’s reaction to the opposition of the people and it’s attempt to save the misguided.

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