Reformation Jan 21

Reformation Jan 21 - I Introduction: The Success of the...

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I Introduction: The Success of the Reformation II The Spread of the Reformation A. The strength of its ideas - the basic ideas in all the reformations are same. -A belief in the holy scripture as the one true source of Christian belief -Anti-clericalism, the criticizing the pope and priests for being corrupt, the congregation are the true believers. -They thought the Catholic Church was a polluted institution that was corrupt through and through. Some differences are in the sacraments; Luther kept baptism and the Eucharist. The ideas were not new then why were these ideas successful in the 16 th century. Why did the reformation succeed? One argument is that it succeeded because of their ideas; their ideas resonated with the people. They say it removes spiritual anxiety or fear, have faith in God’s grace. Salvation by faith does not have a very consoling effect. Predestination has a more consoling effect because you’re already chosen to go to heaven or hell. On the flip side, you can tell if you’re going to heaven or hell if you start to do good or bad things, once determined there’s no incentive. B. Anticlericalism- criticizing of the pope and other leaders of the Catholic Church for being corrupt. Most grab onto that the Catholic Church’s teachings are false, with too much wealth and too many drunken priests. It was more corrupt, more extravagant, and more decadent than ever before, 1/3 of clergy were literate, only a 1/3 could recite the Ten Commandments. There is an improvement in the training of the clergy; the standards were actually higher at the time. C. Printing Press- Luther’s reform movement is the first reform movement of the era of the Printing Press (invent in alter 1400s). This allows the message to spread much more quickly. The number of books rose almost six fold from the printing press. Most of the newer copies were non-religious. More bibles were printed so you had direct access to scripture. Most of the population is illiterate so how does
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