The Many Side Of The Great Schism Essay

1163 Words Nov 19th, 2016 5 Pages
On the other side of the Great Schism is the Protestant Reformation. The Protestant Reformation occurred during the early sixteenth century. Religious reformers such as Martin Luther, John Calvin, and Henry the eighth all challenged the ideas, vision, and authority of the Catholic Church. This lead to years of war and persecution, but ultimately the development of the Protestant sect of Christianity. The philosophy behind Protestantism is holding the Christian ideals without practicing or abiding by Catholic doctrine, especially the rule and legitimacy of the Pope. The Encyclopedia of Religion summarizes this best stating, “The easiest way to put a boundary around Protestantism is to deal with it negatively and say that it is the form of Western Christianity that rejects obedience to the Roman papacy.” Since the term Protestant blankets an array of religious practices, including everything from Lutheran to Mormon, there are a few unifying characteristics between the practices. First and foremost within such practices, is their focus and witness of God. Across the spectrum, Protestant practice is all God-centric. Next to God or where the relationship with God is drawn from is scripture. One parallel to Catholic tradition is Protestant scripture. The scripture for both Catholicism and Protestantism is the Bible. The rest of the unifying characteristics of Protestant religions can be encompassed in the five solas of the Protestant Reformation. The five solas are the central…

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