Essay about Factors Leading to Protestant Reformation
The sixteenth century was a time when the acts and teachings of all religions came under a great amount of scrutiny. As a result, there was a great division from the dominant Roman Catholic Church; this was known as the Protestant Reformation. There were many factors in the coming of the Reformation, but the three worthy of note are the corruption of the Roman Catholic Church, the leadership of Martin Luther, and the invention of the printing press.
The Roman Catholic Church was a strong force in sixteenth century Europe and as such became overly voracious in its desire for both political and economical power. Under Pope Leo X the church began the sale of indulgences in Mainz, Germany. …show more content…
Luther's ninety-five theses as well as his various other writings fueled the Protestant Reformation, but how were his views so widely known? Around a hundred years before Luther's birth, a silver smith named Johann Gutenberg invented the device that would give Luther's writings the wings they needed to soar all over Europe. Reading Today says Gutenberg's printing press along with his