What Are The Causes And Consequences Of The Protestant Reformation

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Prior to the 16th century Protestant Reformation the Holy Roman Empire had been facing crises in the 14th and 15th century, inflicting damage to the prestige of the hierarchy. As a result of both the Black Plague and the Hundred Years’ War, Europe had a major economic downfall because money was lost while fighting the war and the Plague was chaotic in general. Desperate times had led to desperate measures. With deceased officials and clergymen, the ones who survived began fighting for the power of the hierarchy in order to gain wealth and power. This tumult had led to Lutheran’s Protestant Reformation. A few of the causes that guided to this event included the corruption within the church and the three cases of heretics claimed against the distorted church; Furthermore, one of the many consequences of the Reformation is the new religions of Protestantism off of the original Roman Catholic.
As stated, the Roman Catholic Church is under chaos because of the clergy and even the Pope himself is not taking proper responsibility. Major misconducts of the church leaders were nepotism, simony, and pluralism. To define nepotism during this time, leaders of the
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Of the many consequences, a new branch of Roman Catholic had streamlined off. It was in 1529 at the Diet of Speyer where a meeting of all the Holy Roman leaders would debate. Many were still remaining with the original Roman Catholic faith, but many were also agreeing with Luther’s and other’s ideas of religion. In the end of the meeting, it does not get decided about what religion occurs where, but many leaders who had different ideas than the original Roman Catholic had left and protested the meeting. They had named this group of people Protestants. And of that branch of Protestants, Lutheranism remains a religion after the reformation as well as many others with slight or greater

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