Various religions have made a great turning point on European history. One of the most notable figures of European history, a German theologian and religious reformer named Martin Luther, had so much passion about his faith of God. This man leaves a mark on European history for having the courage to lead a revolution against the Catholic Church. He felt that the Catholic Church’s practices were impractical. Martin Luther made a great, positive impact as a religious leader during the Protestant Reformation by his successful achievements as a theologian, starting and spreading the Protestant Reformation to many parts in Europe, and creating his own Lutheran Church.
So basically John Calvin was important in the reformation because he had a very strong religious stance and carried it throughout his legacy and people saw this as a strong point and saw him as a powerful leader because of it. John Calvin also did establish the religions previously mentioned and due to that it spread across Europe during this time. He also of course infamously wrote Institutes of the Christian Religion which of course was most likely important. He also showed strength and patience when he was kicked out and later brought back in order to continue his duties. John Calvin also had an impact on the fundamental doctrines of Protestantism.
Columbus comes across as deeply religious, strategic, and politically ambitious. Firstly, Columbus comes across as deeply religious based on the way he acknowledges God for bestowing on him myriad journey mercies that led to a successful voyage. Additionally, since he knew Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand II had strong ties with the Catholic Church, Columbus tactfully introduced the idea that the numerous native peoples he had found constituted a prime ground for Christian conversion and expanding the monarchy’s political jurisdiction. Secondly, Columbus is highly strategic, starting with the way he throws in political and religious ideas to the Spanish rulers, trying to demonstrate that the Indies were ready for conquering by Europeans.
As said previously, before being decapitated, More said “ I die the king’s faithful servant, but Gods first” (The Thomas More Society).Thomas Mores message is meant to demonstrate to us that we will encounter many kings or leaders that we must serve and follow but we always have to remember God comes first. For the younger generation Thomas More could be described as a great saint who contributed and participated in important events that helped shape Catholicism. More can also be displayed as a role model adults and children can look up to because not only did he write amazing works of writing but also defended and helped the church when it was being affected. It is amazing how a young boy born in London, studied to pursue his career as a lawyer, statesmen, philosopher, and Humanist and not only be great at those individually but use all of his abilities and skills to serve God and the church with them. In conclusion, Thomas More is important to church study because of his many contributions to the church, for being a saint and for everyone willing to serve God; a role model they can look up to for his great
To illustrate an example, Henry’s parents were immensely devoted and sympathetic to the Calvinist faith, consequently, he was raised as a Calvinist (Stearns 6: 141-143). It was only natural that he would stay loyal and devoted to his own faith, despite his conversion to Catholicism. Furthermore, this mode of execution is seen again in the issue of the Edict of Nantes in 1598. Henry IV gave tolerance to the French Huguenots and permitted the practice of their religion within certain limits, yet Henry, now established as a powerful Catholic ruler, could have easily rid France of Huguenots, satisfying the desires of the Catholic League as well as his newly developed faith in Catholicism. There was a greater benefit politically if he had considered the interests of both religious parties, therefore, that was the route that Henry IV selected, rather than the one in line with his religion.
Religion played a big role in the civil war. Both the north and the south believed that God was suporting them. They thought that whichever one won, meant that God wanted them to win. The blood shed was seen as a good thing on both sides. The north believed that the more blood was shed the more cleanse we will be of our sin.
A religious movement, that made religion more popular, between 1730 - 1740. Jonathon Edwards and George Whitefield were the two who set off the great awakening. Jonathon Edwards helped set off the Great Awakening because of in his “powerful” sermons, he would call on colonists, also young people, to examine their lives. He would preach of god’s sweetness and beauty, but at the same time he would warn the listeners to pay attention to the bibles teachings. Otherwise, they would be sinners.
The Puritan’s voyage to the New World was recorded in “Of Plymouth Plantation” by William Bradford. The Puritans made this voyage to escape the persecution they were facing in Europe and in hopes of starting a new life that would exert their right to religious freedom. The Puritans believed God’s active and persistent “hand” was present in all aspects of their lives. It was the grace of God that was the sole explanation of every daily occurrence or event. God created everything and therefore he played a significant role in the lives of the Puritans.
The KJV has been a respected translation for centuries. When Tyndale decided to make a translation even the plow boys could read, he made one of the first moves towards Christianity that is based on Scripture alone. His version aided England in eventually throwing off the hold of the Pope and his Church. The belief in the authority of Scripture and the responsibility of the Christian to search it out that Baptist Christians espouse today was initiated by William Tyndale's audacious translation work that would eventually cost him his life. Tyndale's translation is one of the most important occasions in both literary and Christian
Coronado, a famous explorer, said in his report to Viceroy Mendoza that the purpose that he claimed for coming to North America was to spread the holy word of Christianity and help the natives become Christians (Doc. 3). He believed this was the best thing for the natives and that he was doing them a favor by converting them. Christopher Columbus, an explorer praised for his exploration of America, said in a letter that the natives were appreciative of the little tricots he gave them such as red caps and glass beads that they made necklaces out of (Doc. 4).
Since 1492, Spain recognized Christianity as its official religion because there was no distinction between Catholicism and Protestantism. Most of the Spanish population practiced Christianity due to Jews being banished and Muslims being converted. In 1517, the Protestant Reformation divided the Christian religion half - into Catholicism and Protestantism. Spain supported the Catholic religion, and they saw the New World as an opportunity to convert others to Catholicism. They believed that religion gave them the right to conquer new land, because they “came to serve God and to get rich, as all men wish to do,” which Bernal Diaz del Castillo said while working with Hernán Cortés in the conquest of Mexico.
Since initially puritans, migrated together as a family, it established a sense that they were going to things as one, the community first than themselves. Religion, or more to say, God, was the leading point in which the Puritan’s were able to stumble upon the land since it was given to them. Thus how “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” comes into play, since God has to be praised and adored for him to bless us. God is the greater good and for which we have to follow. If not just like there is God, there is evil and that evil will take you with growing flames.
The Puritan way of life dated back in the United States in the early settlement of the 1400’s and Puritan beliefs are much more than just a religious belief. The Puritans came to New England not save their souls but to initiate a "visible" kingdom of God, a society where external behavior would be according to God 's laws. This book discusses the aspiration of the Puritans to be socially righteous and their wish to force social virtue upon others. Everyone associated with the Puritan beliefs were in fact very devoted towards their beliefs, so much to the point of banishing citizens who opposed the written laws of Puritan societies. The laws and beliefs applied to everyone.