By Galileo - By Galileo's youth the Church was well on its...

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Unformatted text preview: By Galileo's youth, the Church was well on its way to ridding itself of the excesses of Alexander and his fellows, but their efforts came too late–a reaction had already broken out in northern Europe, led by a former monk named Martin Luther. This movement, called the Protestant Reformation, soon swept through Germany, Scandinavia, and eventually England. While it has often been characterized as a liberal reaction against Catholic conservatism, the opposite was in fact the case: Martin Luther and his fellow Protestants attacked the Church for having become too worldly and politically corrupt, and for obscuring the fundamentals of Christian faith with pagan elements ranging from the cult of the saints to the adoration of the Virgin Mary. Their reforming zeal was essentially reactionary–they appealed to a notion of an original, "purified" Christianity,...
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.

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