Shaffer 1 Aaron Shaffer Ms. Gillam English 1 24, March 2016 Religious beliefs of the Elizabethan Era This paper will introduce you into the religion and struggles of the Elizabethan Era. The main two religions in the Elizabethan Era is Catholic and Protestants. Catholics were more favored because it's the main religion in England at the time. German Martin Luther wanted a new religion so he decided to make up protestant. He wanted a religion that's for everyone and not just one for people who lived in England and people ended up liking his idea.
Europe had a political landscape at the time. After all of his research and investigation he translated the Bible into words common people could actually understand. He also started the Reformation which had many effects on the world. He brought free thinking to the masses because he believed everyone should have access to the Word of God. The Reformation ended up going much further than Luther had ever intended.
“Martin Luther“ "Save me Saint Anne, and I will become a monk." These words spoken on that traveling road would lead to one of the biggest splits in any religion in the history of the world. These words were spoken by Martin Luther. The leader of the reformation and one of the most Famous theologians of the 16th century. He wasn't always going to be a theologian, He had a lot of viewpoints that opposed the Catholic church, and he was punished for his beliefs.
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. Martin Luther had a tremendous impact on the Age of Reformation. Luther was a former Catholic monk who wrote the 95 Thesis document and nailed it on the door of the Catholic Church of Wittenberg.
There is no question that Martin Luther is one of the most prominent figures in the Church history, and especially in Western history. His doctrines were a large driving force of the Protestant Reformation. Protestantism was largely shaped by the doctrines of scripture and salvation from Luther. While Luther was very critical of the Catholic Church, he kept a distance from the radical beliefs of other reformers. It’s amazing to see all that transpired from a man just wanting to stand up for what he believed about God, us and salvation.
He aided in the transformation of the ideas on religion in Switzerland that spread across countries. Though not as well remembered as Calvin or Luther, Zwingli is responsible for a great deal of change during that time. His sermons were the catalyst for an elevated thinking on religion across the world. Zwingli believed that God should be put first, and church should be second. He considered Scripture the ultimate law.
The President of the United States is sworn into office with his hand on the bible. With all of these things considered, it is apparent how Christianity gained recognition and became the most practiced religion worldwide. There are so many aspects of Christianity that influenced not only western civilization over centuries, but world civilization as well. Without Christianity and the belief of everlasting salvation, the world and everyone in it would be very different. There is a certain kind of freedom and hope that only people living in Christian societies
How the Protestant Reformation Shaped Society The Protestant Reformation is unarguably an essential part of history. It is one of the main reasons The Roman Catholic Church lost a lot of its power back in the 16th century. Prior to the Reformation, The Catholic Church was extremely powerful and integrated into the government. Throughout the Middle Ages the church used strategic fear to keep its followers. The more the church grew, the more corrupt it became.
Abortion, homosexuality, poverty, capitalism, gender, sexuality, genetical engineering, affirmative action, revolution, ethnic cleansing are all old issues which will assume greater significance as the new century dawns. Postmodernism demands less rigid and definitely less judgmental answers. Christians everywhere must be prepared to give an answer for their faith in a gracious and humble manner. The iron rod orthodoxy of the past is over. It no longer even gets a hearing.
His 95 theses which propounded two central beliefs that the Bible is the central religious authority and that humans may reach salvation only by their faith and not by their deed was to spark the Protestant Reformation. Although these ideas had been advanced before, Martin Luther codified them at them at the moment in history ripe for religious reformation. The Catholic Church was ever after divided and the Protestantism that soon emerged was shaped by the Luther’s ideas. Luther’s writings changed the course of religious and cultural history in the West. His revolutionary ideas served as the catalyst for the eventual breaking away from the Catholic Church.
Eventually, this led to the first queens of England, Mary Tudor and Elizabeth I. This specific event in history supports the thought that the Protestant reformation happened at the right place and the right place. If Henry would not have wanted a divorce, who knows if England would have ever separated from the Catholic Church. In conclusion, the Protestant movement spread through Europe at the right place, through all social classes and affected many social, economic, and political systems during the 16th century, the right