Social Causes Of The Protestant Reformation
Protestant Reformation was initially aimed at reforming the beliefs and practices of the Roman
Catholic Church. Its religious aspects were added to by ambitious political rulers who wanted to extend their power and control at the expense of the church. The most dramatic of the events that occurred during the Protestant Reformation took place in Germany, although the Protestant
Reformation swept through all of Western Europe. The Protestant Reformation is also described as a “schism” or “separation” from the Roman Catholic Church. The schism was initiated by Martin
Luther but was continued on by other early Protestant Reformers in 16th-century Europe. …show more content…
One of the primary social causes of the Protestant Reformation was associated with the
“renaissance”, which involved an increase in education, learning, arts, mathematics, science and an increase in the studies associated with Theology. Another highly important social cause of the
Protestant Reformation was the clergy abuse that took place. This caused many people to …show more content…
Many people wanted much more equality within the society, as many people believed that they were being treated very unfairly, especially when compared with the rich people within the society. Also, the Catholic Church was desperate to keep Europe under its control, accounting for another political cause of the Protestant Reformation. The final two main political causes of the
Protestant Reformation included the fact that ‘special’ people, such as princes and lords didn’t want to lose any more money to the church, and also the fact that countries wanted to control their own laws.
An important religious cause of the Protestant Reformation was associated with the money that the church had. The church was very rich, for a number of reasons, including for selling indulgences.
The church was also very rich for reasons associated with relics, as people would pay for things such as seeing the bones of saints, or attaining pieces of the cross. One of the biggest and most essential religious causes of the Protestant Reformation was due to the belief that the church had complete control over going to heaven. This changed many actions that individuals took, and perhaps the most significant action that they took was supposedly ‘dying for their own