The Impacts Of The Protestant Reformation

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From polytheism to monotheism, trends in religion have endured lots of change. Each new major trend in religion also effects the way the countries and civilizations function. For example, the worshipping of Greek gods affected the way the Greek people lived. Another example, when Rome made the shift from polytheism to Christianity, many things changed including laws and customs of the people. While the religion changes in Germany were arguably not that drastic, the Protestant Reformation effected history in a big way. Currently, over 60% of Germans identify as Christian, with about 30% being Protestant and 30% being Catholic. While 60% may not seem like a large amount of people, it is explained by the fact that most Germans are not religious because it is more cost-friendly. Germany has a church tax, which many citizens avoid by declaring to the state that they do not belong to any church. By the 1500s, western civilization had undergone many, many changes, however, it is arguable that the Protestant Reformation ranks very high as one of the most important changes that happened to western civilization. The Protestant Reformation marked the beginning of organized oppression to the Christian church, and eventually caused the want to colonize areas other than Europe, such as North America, to escape from the church To begin, the “Protestant Reformation” was a Christian reform where members of the church wanted …show more content…
There were now two major sectors of Christianity: Catholicism and Protestantism. The Reformation also changed religious beliefs, practices, culture, society in Germany, and challenged the authority of the pope. The influences it had on modern Germany are still apparent. The Protestant Reformation affected dietary practices, such as fasting, rituals, such as the Lord’s Supper, rites of passage such as marriages and baptisms, and modes of dress within the

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