As a preface, those who had stood by the side of the Roman Catholic Church had enough with this institution that sought nothing, but power. Church officials took the people’s pure desire for salvation and scammed them into buying it instead. Ignorance is regularly the cause of such manipulation. The Protestant Reformation was effective in promoting the progress of mankind when it came to faith. Although it proved to be troublesome, particularly because of the splitting of the church, it was beneficial for those in the future.
The ideas of the Protestant reformation of the 1500’s had been in the minds of peasants for years because of the corruption of the Roman Catholic Church. Many people felt the clergy (church members) had taken advantage of the people, by becoming wealthy while the people were poor and hungry.
No, Rome was not right at all to go against Martin Luther, which he was representing the truth in the word of God. One of the traditions and practices Martin Luther opposed in his '95 Theses', was how the Roman Catholic were selling and buying of "indulgences" which supposed to be official papers sold by the Church which supposedly removed the results of one's immoral actions. People could buy indulgences on behalf of others or for themselves. The people also had their right to buy indulgences for wrong actions they planned to commit. In my understanding, the Roman Catholic were using their political power and authority on people who have lack of knowledge of the truth, or knew the truth but was in fear to face the truth about the selling and buying of indulgence until Martin Luther received revelation in
The Protestant Reformation had a huge impact in all Europe in the sixteen century, but which ones were the factors that lead to it? It is very important to highlight that the European Christianity was falling into a noticeable corruption of its popes and some other high position members. Robbery, and even warriors were among of some factors that took the Cristian Church to a declining path. One of these examples was the Pope Julius II, which one won the nickname “the warrior pope” because he led armies against people. Furthermore, the church was not the only factor promoting this reformation, some other social changes were occurring with the masses in Europe; many of the peasants were being free especially in the western Europe.
The Reformation in the Renaissance At the beginning of the Renaissance, the “time” had been going backwards. The people seemed to forget the older way of life. Instead of having stone houses and castles, they went back to thatched roof huts. Even though people neglected things, they also discovered new facts like the sun was actually at the center of the universe instead of the earth.
“The Ninety-Five Theses” was written in response to the sale of indulgences allowed to be distributed by Pope Leo X of the Roman Catholic Church. These arguments were written through the penmanship of Martin Luther and then stationed over the doors of his local church on All Saints’ Day 1517. Luther’s judgment on the indulgences were held as nothing more than pieces of paper with by no means of significance for it was not through the representatives of God, while the pope had by no means power to remit sinners. These indulgences held no true power and were rather problematic for the salvation of Luther’s fellow Christians. Luther believed the indulgences should not have been granted permission to be sold by the pope for nothing but only through
This document served as the basis of Martin Luther’s movement towards a new church. In the church system that Luther was trying to correct there were many things happening that he considered to be against the bible. One was the indulgences. The indulgences were pieces of paper that were used by the church to “absolve” different sins. People bought this because they wanted to achieve salvation.
In the early 1500’s the main religion throughout Europe was Catholicism. As time went on more people started to doubt the religion for numerous reasons. Some of which consisted of corrupt priests, indulgences, or buying a ticket to heaven, punishment for other beliefs, and the church’s interference with the monarch. Because of this, heresies became popular. With disillusion rising a Protestant Reformation began. There were two major leaders that led the Protestant Reformation in Europe. The first was Martin Luther who wrote “95 Theses”, which were new religious beliefs, and nailed them to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church. Eventually, he was outlawed and found refuge with Saxon princes, but his ideas continued to spread throughout Germany
Luther the German Patriot and Founding Father Martin Luther is the “founding father” of Christianity, he started the Protestant Reformation. He was motivated by his fear of God and going to hell. Becoming a monk and giving up his legal carrier led him to his own enlightenment by reading the Book of Romans in the Bible. While he was trying to find his own salvation, he strongly disagreed with the corruption of the Catholic church. He realized that he can justify his own faith so as others.
As a leader of the German Reformation and a vanguard of Protestantism, Luther’s attitude toward Jews is a matter of great concern. Some scholars, including Paul Johnson, an English journalist and famous historian, believes Luther is a brutal anti-Semite. Paul thinks Luther was not content with verbal abuse – “he got Jews expelled from Saxony in 1537, and in the 1540s he drove them from many German towns.”
During the Middle Ages, the Catholic Church had a great amount of power because it was the only one at the time. As expressed in The Canterbury Tales, it even oversaw the court, so one could propose that the Church had exponential power. They seemed to rule the economy and hold a lot of land. Kings and queens were even preceded by the Church. Supposedly, in those times, the Catholic Church was a source of great hypocrisy or a good number of its people were.
In the 1500s, the Catholic Church headed by the pope with its central institution located in Rome was very powerful and one of the wealthiest church in Europe. It united most of the people across Europe and had a major political role in every decision making that concerns the state. But, as the church gained more power and wealth, its hierarchy of top officials also became corrupt and greedy. Eventually, people started to get angry and frustrated over its corruption and started a religious rebellion against the church. The conflict among the people and the church began to escalate therefore causing a ripple effect throughout the world.
The Age of Reformation was a movement that led to the eventual influence and demise of the previously powerful Catholic Church. People were now able to worship God as they believed and they no longer relied on the Catholic Church for guidance with religious matters. Most importantly, people began to leave the religious strife that was taking place in their European homelands and they headed west to America to worship God as they pleased.
By questioning the sale of indulgences and arguing that the pope does not have complete authority over forgiveness of sins and, to a larger extent, salvation, Luther established a precedent for the word of the Church to be called into question rather than it having absolute authority. Given that Luther opens his 95 Theses with “out of love and concern for the truth,” it is clear that his intentions are not necessarily to completely undermine the authority of the Catholic Church, but rather to open a dialogue between the Catholic Church and its faithful on what is actually true in regards to God. The collective judgment of the Catholic community, particularly those who did not have positions of power in the Church, would then have a much greater effect on the direction in which the Catholic Church took than it would have before Luther’s 95 Theses.