Essay The Beginning Of The Protestant Reformation

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The Beginning
Before the Protestant Reformation, there were many concerns felt be Catholics. Many people began to voice their opinions as more translations of holy text became widespread. An important aspect of this change was when Greek became common use again during the renaissance and so the original Greek scripts were read and therefore interpreted differently by people, since before this only the Latin Vulgate was approved by the Church meaning that the Church controlled the contents of the gospel without question. Three major concerns that began to be questioned were the authority of the Pope & Church, indulgences and relics.

Initially, people began to suspect corruption in the Church. This was believed because the Church had too much authority, for example the Pope had certain powers concerning excommunication and influence on rulers while other religious figures had the ability to forgive the sin of whomever they want. Most of the world was living in poverty and yet the church flaunted its wealth and power.

Another reason for concern was the selling of indulgences. An indulgence is described by the Catechism of the Catholic Church as "a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church.” The selling of indulgences was looked down upon because it was seen as a corrupt attempt to move away from…

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