The Protestant Reformation, A Religious, Political, And Cultural Movement

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The Protestant Reformation was a religious, political, and cultural movement to expose the corruption of the Catholic Church that began in the early 16th century. It started in Germany with Martin Luther and his 95 Theses. Luther didn’t like some of the things that the Catholic Church was doing such as selling indulgences, and being the middleman between God and the people. To fix the way things were going, Luther posted his 95 Theses, which were tweaks to the way the church operated. Luther never wanted or expected it to become a major religious revolution against the church, rather he simply wanted the church to make the changes. Regardless of Luther’s intentions, the Protestant Reformation has significant short-term and long-term causes and effects for western civilization. Due to the invention of the printing press, the 95 Theses were eventually translated into German, and soon almost every German had access to the 95 theses. The pope and the church heard about Luther and they summoned him to come and have a meeting, but Luther knew it was a setup to have him killed. Therefore, he invited the pope to Germany where he has the support of the people, but regardless he is excommunicated. Luther had no other choice, so he decides to create his own religion known as Lutheranism, which is a sect of Christianity not Catholicism. Luther begins the revolution by writing books that mainly focus on German nationalism, along with exposing the corruption of the Catholic Church. In…

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