The Reformation And The Protestant Church Essay

1077 Words Jun 3rd, 2015 5 Pages
Introduction

There were many different reasons that led to the Reformation and the split of the Catholic Church. The formation of various religious movements in the 14th and 15th century, relocation of the Papacy to Avignon, and internal corruption, contributed to the weakening of its authority. The deadly Black Plague of the 14th century and inability of the Church to offer a solution for it strongly undermined the Church’s power and its credibility. One of events, however, that gave foundation to the Reformation was the Renaissance and its role in the awaking of the European minds. The Renaissance influenced both, the churchmen and the secular society. This led to a shift in the intellectual and political environment, that made questioning of the Church’s doctrine and the religious reformation possible. Although it is generally agreed that the Italian Renaissance and Reformation are closely connected, from the perspective of time it became apparent that the first made the latter possible. The period of the Renaissance improved a general literacy by revolutionizing the education. This change combined with the invention of printing press made possible for people to study the religious texts, analyze it and point out the differences between the ancient origins and Church’s interpretations. Those new ideas became guiding thoughts and impulse behind a new religious movement known as a Reformation.
The Renaissance brought a revival of classic literature and the interest in…

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