Essay On Protestant Reformation

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TOPIC: Protestant Reformation INTRODUCTION 1. Define Reformation 2. Time period of Reformation 3. Causes of the Protestant Reformation 4. The impact Reformation has on Christian today 5. Conclusion BODY Reformation is “a 16th-century movement in Western Europe that aimed at reforming some doctrines and practices of the Roman Catholic Church and resulted in the establishment of the Protestant churches” (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/reformation). It was employed not only in the ecclesiastical sphere but also in the legal and political spheres. It was a movement which had other reformational protests that have common landmarks (http://www.ref500.nl/en/pages/131/what-is-the-reformation.html). Dr. Jack L. Arnold quoted Philip Schaff (History of the Christian Church) that “The Reformation of the sixteenth century is, next to the introduction of Christianity, the greatest event in history. It marks the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of modern times. Starting from religion, it gave, directly or indirectly, a mighty impulse to every forward move-ment, and made Protestantism the chief propelling force in the history of modern civilization” (). According to…show more content…
This secession inspired other reformers like Ulrich Zwingli, John Calvin and Henry VIII. There were many disagreements and beliefs which caused tensions between protestant sects and the Catholic Church and these were displayed by the wars of religion (http://ca.anwers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110212173046AA5DhKR). Luther began by criticizing the selling of indulgences, the Pope had no authority over purgatory and that the Catholic doctrine of the merits of the saints had no foundation in the gospel. The Protestant position came to incorporate doctrinal changes such as Five Solae
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