Essay on The Decline Of The Protestant Reformation

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The Protestant Reformation The origin of religion can be traced back to the Ancient Near East. Religion itself is divided in three basic characteristics -monotheism, pantheism and polytheism. Thanks to these characteristics, many religions and different denominations appeared (“Origin of Religion”). Since around 330 C.E. monotheism was established as the dominant between them. The emergence of Catholicism and its monotheistic belief was supported by the Roman emperor Constantine I (Hunt 198-206). “The emergence of Christianity generated tension” and that tension re-grew after several decades (Hunt 199). Martin Luther, a German theologian, emerged as the leader of a ‘revolution’ against the Roman Catholic Church’s traditions. The Roman Catholic Church’s beliefs and traditions led to tension and disagreement of some scholars and leaders from around the world that eventually generated a ‘revolution’ to reform the church and its structure. In the early 16th century, a diversity of scholars started questioning the Catholic Church, but none of them did it like Martin Luther. Martin Luther was involved with the church since 1505 as an Augustinian monk, but served as a professor of theology at the University of Wittenberg. Luther was very familiarized with all the Christian traditions and the bible therefore he noticed that there were copious contradictions between the bible and their traditions and even things that were not mentioned in it (“Martin Luther and the 95 Theses”). He…

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