The Protestant Reformation And The Reformation Essay

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The Protestant Reformation occurred in the 16th century, starting in 1517 and ending in 1648. The
Protestant Reformation was initially aimed at reforming the beliefs and practices of the Roman
Catholic Church. Its religious aspects were added to by ambitious political rulers who wanted to extend their power and control at the expense of the church. The most dramatic of the events that occurred during the Protestant Reformation took place in Germany, although the Protestant
Reformation swept through all of Western Europe. The Protestant Reformation is also described as a “schism” or “separation” from the Roman Catholic Church. The schism was initiated by Martin
Luther but was continued on by other early Protestant Reformers in 16th-century Europe.
The Protestant Reformation was caused by multiple social causes, political causes and religious causes. One of the primary social causes of the Protestant Reformation was associated with the
“renaissance”, which involved an increase in education, learning, arts, mathematics, science and an increase in the studies associated with Theology. Another highly important social cause of the
Protestant Reformation was the clergy abuse that took place. This caused many people to begin criticising the Catholic Church. The focusing, central points of the criticism that was aimed at the
Catholic Church, included when the church sold tickets for indulgences, from sins or money, as this suggested that rich people could practically ‘buy’ their way…

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