Essay on The Rise Of The Reformation

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In the 16th century, there was a large criticism when dealing with the church. The criticism was known as the Reformation. The cause and results of the Reformation were viewed from two different viewpoints, from England’s and from Germany’s. The two countries have similarities of the reformation as well as the differences. Reformers such as Martin Luther, who led the reformation in Germany and Henry VIII, led the reformation in England, each one of them dealing with their own strategy for their own country. In the 16th century, people were unsatisfied and criticized the way the Roman Catholic Church was dealing with doctrines, education and dealing with behavior. Hearing what people were saying about the Roman Catholic Church reformers such as Martin Luther, Henry VII, decided to take matters in their own hands and find a way to reform.
Martin Luther was a German professor who then decided to become a priest in 1507. He was against indulgences in which people believed forgave all sins that were committed. As a result, Luther wrote “Ninety-five Theses on the Power of Indulgences” to argue against indulgences, it was argued, “indulgences undermined the seriousness of the sacrament of penance, competed with the preaching of the Gospel, and downplayed the importance of the charity in Christian life” (McKay p.381). The Ninety- five Theses were then published in pamphlets in Latin then translated into German. A new invention that was made to help spread Martin Luther’s…

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