Protestant Reformation: Beliefs And Practices Of The Roman Catholic Church

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The Protestant Reformation The Protestant Reformation was a major 16th century European movement aimed to change the beliefs and practices of the Roman Catholic Church. In northern and central Europe, reformers such as, Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Henry VIII challenged and questioned the Catholic Church’s ability to explain Christian practice. They wanted political and religious redistribution of power to Bible- and pamphlet- reading pastors or princes. This caused many wars, persecutions, and the “Counter-Reformation.” The main idea of the Reformation was a call to cleanse the church and a belief that the bible should be the individual source of spiritual authority. On October 31, 1517, a main event of western history, Martin Luther
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