Causes Of Protestant Reformation

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Analysis of Protestant Reformation Reasons What were the religious, social, economic, political and cultural reasons of the Reformation? To explain why did the Reformation happen, historians usually start with the impact of Martin Luther’s religious ideas and his effect on the society. However Reformation is something which has to be covered from various aspects, for instance, it can be seen as an economic protest against the Church’s eager to fleece its religious folk, or as a political uprising of the German princes to confine the authority of the Church in their country, as it was regarded as a foreigner institution which was based in Rome. The Reformation was also closely related to cultural reasons such as the notion of nationalism. The Renaissance, which was one of the main catalysts of the Reformation rejected the blind obedience and encouraged innovation, focusing on the potential within every human being. Some historians argue that Luther’s revolt against the Church was a final stage of the long and widespread campaign supported by various individuals and movements, which were skeptical about some of the beliefs and practices of the Catholic Church. One of them was John Wycliffe, who produced a vernacular Bible in English (1338). Jan Huss (1368-1415) was another famous person who was very popular, particularly in Bohemia (part of the present-day Czech Republic), who was eventually martyred by being burned in front of the public because of his notorious heretical
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