Reformation - Reformation 1517-1550s or 60s We love rebels....

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Reformation 1517-1550’s or 60’s “We love rebels. We kill them, but then we think that they were awesome.” -Mr. Edmonds Overview The changes brought around by the Renaissance led to individual thinking. This was different that what was previous where the Church told you what to do and what the bible said. The individual thinking led to a questioning of the church. People such as Martin Luther and Ulrich Zwingly decided to act upon the churches mishaps. This caused a break from the church and the dream of a united church was crushed. The idea of protesting against the church was known as Protestantism and the idea spread quickly. Before the church knew it, there were three more major religions and three major countries were against them. This meant that they had to act. So, they gathered together to counter the reformation. Their decisions at their council changed the course of history. These choices would eventually lead to many wars over the souls of the citizens. Cool Fact- In 1500: People willing to Die for their Faith: 10 Million. NOW: only 10% of Germany even Believes in God much less is prepared to die for what they believe. What caused this change is a very important question for this class. Reformation SPRITE Review Reformation Causes: Social - Martin Luther (Lead priest in Reformation), corruption of the Church, Martin Luther, John Wycliffe, John Knox, less internal alliance to the Church, religion was very complex to the common man. The main social cause of the reformation was the individual thinking . The individual thinking came from the schooling that some people were receiving. This schooling helped them to think more critically and enabled them to read the bible. This made it possible for people to personally read the scripture and get out of it what they wanted to, letting them to draw their own conclusions. Political - German Princes chose the religion of their area, new monarchs snatched some power that the Church was losing due to corruption . Simony (Sale of Church positions), Indulgences (Paid way to‘escape purgatory’), Pluralism (having more than one position at once), and other abuses of Church power. The political cause of the reformation was the war that sacked Rome. This war was able to spread the ideals of the Renaissance to the rest of the world. And it was the ideals of the Renaissance that made people want to reform the church. The other cause was the struggles between the thrones and the papacy . This struggle was fought by most of the kings, with them telling the pope their discontent with the church. Religious - Because the Reformation was a religious change, most of its causes were religious. The biggest one is the corrupt actions by the pope and the rest of those involved with the church. Pluralism, holding more than one church position, was more popular than ever. The buying of church, simony, positions also increased. The Popes were having illegitimate children, spending money on themselves, and throwing big parties in order for their own gain. All this made people angry and they wanted to rebel against the church.
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2010 for the course AP EUROPEA 109 taught by Professor Graham during the Spring '10 term at UPB Colombia.

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Reformation - Reformation 1517-1550s or 60s We love rebels....

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