Protestant Reformation Dbq Essay

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Calista VaCirca Mr. Townsend World Civ. Period 3 September 30, 2016 The Reformation is often viewed as a religious movement, and it also significantly affected the political and social spheres of Europe. At the beginning of the sixteenth century the church was rapidly losing respect before the Reformation. Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the chapel door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. The Protestant Reformation was a movement that spread throughout Europe, in which started in 1517. The Reformation affected Europe politically and socially. Feelings leading up to the Reformation were very religious, and very much full of disrespect. In document 2, written by Martin Luther in the 95 Theses, many people were very bitter of the church’s idea of “the money box. In result, the intermediation of the church is in the power of God alone.” Anti-church views are also seen in document 7, in which the oil painting by Hieronymus Bosch shows that monks were hypocritical by having a mistress offspring. These arrogant thoughts are further expressed in document 11, John Calvin explains that the church is exceeding by the way of dishonesty and lightness. All of these feelings of contempt continued to build up over a period of time and they finally reached the edge and resulted in the Protestant Reformation. While …show more content…

However, the Reformation probably would have never reached the great accomplishment without the printing press production of books, shown in document 3 by Johannes Gutenberg. It was the printing press that was able to easily spread Martin Luther’s message throughout Europe. People had the ability to access the Bible on their own, not only was the population of Europe dramatically increased. The people unbounded their dependency on the clergy to learn the word of God, Martin Luther’s philosophy was widely adopted. Following the Reformation views of women were

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