Summary Of On Woman Preachers By Katherine Rem

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During the 15th century religion was embedded in every facet of society and shaped their lives. Nun Rejects the Reformation, by Katherine Rem, A Nun Explains Leaving the Convent, by Ursula Munsterberg, and On Women Preachers, by Mary Dentiere contrasts conflicting perspectives and attitudes towards the Reformations and highlight both the positive and negative effects on women. The Catholic and Protestant Reformations generated women to react diversely. For example, Rem exemplifies a resistance to change and reformation, she perceived reformers to be “false prophets that Jesus warned” them of, whereas Ursula chooses to defies her convent and leaves. Ursula questions the validity of the Catholic Church, she states, “the vows (in which salvation should rest, as they say) throw us into uncertainty…. and eternal damnation. These perspectives recognize the animosity towards change and for others…show more content…
For example, Rem represents the resistance for the Reformations, she states, they “wanted to lead us astray…and make us despondent” and “if you don’t come in kinship, stay out.” These arguments in opposition to the Reformation acknowledge the loss of credibility the Catholic church endured following the Captivity of Babylon and great schism and their strife to regain it by opposing other religious ideologies. In contrast, Ursula refutes that the Reformation enables individuals to work on their own salvation, and only through “the precious Word of God that alone is our salvation and consolation,” enabling women to be actively involved in their own salvation rather than it being dictated by Church officials. In addition, Dentiere argues that that faith should be available to all, “the illiterates…idiots…and mighty lords.” She believes that faith alone should be accessible for all and uses scriptures highlighting that Jesus died for us
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