The Protestant Reformation

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The Protestant Reformation A religious movement of the 1500’s
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The Reformation cont. Protestant: protested against the Catholic Church Why? Inspired by Renaissance ideas: Secular interests, humanism, stronger national identities, higher literacy rates…
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The Reformation cont. Took about 40 years; nearly half of Europe is Protestant Several different Protestant churches will form and compete for believers The first successful group to break from the Roman Catholic Church are the Lutherans Others had tried, but been suppressed and executed
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Religious Causes 1303: Kidnap of Boniface VIII 1309: Conflict between French and Italian Popes; At one point, 3 popes! Great Schism continues into mid- 1400’s
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Religious leaders often led luxurious lives The failure of Church leaders to protect people during the plague damaged its credibility
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Cultural Causes: Humanism The revival of learning during the Renaissance led to focus on Greek and Roman texts, many scholars saw that the Church had changed and developed over time and this raised questions
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Causes of the Reformation: Political Power “Ecclesiastical liberty
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