Hist. 151 Notes 18

Hist. 151 Notes 18 - -the Protestant Reformation(religious...

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- the Protestant Reformation (religious revolution in Europe, 1517-1555): -medieval period dominated by the Catholic Church; Europeans begin to move towards other forms of Christianity now; the Reformation changes how people view themselves and religious others; various groups criticize Catholic Church’s materialism and corruption for centuries (claim Church exploits poor, makes it harder to develop relationship with God) -legacy of religious criticism: Wycliffe, Hus, and the Northern Renaissance (include people such as Erasmus of Rotterdam; cultivate new ways to be Christian and establish relationship with God) -humanists and popular piety vs. Church materialism: the sale of indulgences (people pay money in order to rid themselves of sins, Church profits from this; at end of Middle Ages belief arises that no matter how many good works one does, one will still spend a lot of time in Purgatory), the Treasury of Merit (the treasury contains an infinite amount of good works done by Jesus and the saints; the Pope has access to the treasury, and in exchange for a monetary donation to the Church the Pope will transfer some good works to sinners); the sale of indulgences originates during crusades (knights purchase indulgences in
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