The Reformation: Causes and Effects

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The Reformation

The Reformation was caused by many things, things that had triggered the collapse in the Catholic Church were:

The churches authority was weakened.

church was unable to stop plague and it’s infighting with the Schism, The church became less attractive in many people’s lives.
The churches authority was weakened.

church was unable to stop plague and it’s infighting with the Schism, The church became less attractive in many people’s lives.
Priests and Bishops were accused of inappropriate behaviour.

Such as drunkenness, swearing, and other vice.
Priests and Bishops were accused of inappropriate behaviour.

Such as drunkenness, swearing, and other vice.
Martin Luther Views and ideas became public.

Martin Luther although was not the first to believe that there were errors in the churches running and he was not the only one that tried to make his views heard, he was the first to successfully be heard because the printing press was invented making it easier to put his views into the public eye. Martin Luther Views and ideas became public.

Martin Luther although was not the first to believe that there were errors in the churches running and he was not the only one that tried to make his views heard, he was the first to successfully be heard because the printing press was invented making it easier to put his views into the public eye. The selling of indulgences.

This means that commoners were made to pay to be able to release themselves from purgatory. The selling of indulgences.

This means that commoners were made to pay to be able to release themselves from purgatory. Some Church practices were seen as being too old fashioned, or unfair.

Some people believed that the way the church was run before the reformation was unfair as it seemed as though it favoured wealthier people opposed to poor people. Some Church practices were seen as being too old fashioned, or unfair.

Some people believed that the way the church was run before the reformation was unfair as it seemed as though it favoured wealthier people opposed to poor people.

When and where did the Reformation occur?

The Reformation began in the 1500s and did not end until approximately the 1700s. It was a huge issue in Europe, and the countries surrounding Europe. The reformation mainly occurred in Europe but later spread throughout the United Kingdom and other countries surrounding Europe.

Maps of different churches after the split in the church:

Martin Luther:

Luther was studying to become a lawyer as his father wanted but one day he was caught in a thunderstorm and swore if he survived he would enter the monastery. So Luther ended up becoming a devoted Augustinian monk. Around 1510 Luther started to doubt some of the churches practices and came to the theology that salvation is a gift of God that comes through Faith Alone, Grace Alone and Scripture Alone. Whereas the Catholic Church believed Faith & Works, Authority of Popes & Bishops and Faith & Works. One practice that Luther especially disagreed with was the sale of indulgences, at the time Catholics believed that if one sinned you could give money to lose the blame of the sin and be punished for it, or you could do good deeds and lessen the punishments. In Luther’s time indulgences were being abused e.g. A Dominican friar was given authority by Pope Leo X to sell indulgences in order to build St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. This causes Luther to post his famous 95 theses on the door to the Wittenberg chapel in October, 1517. The theses objected to the way indulgences were being used for profit and how they were misleading among other things, due to the printing press being recently invented and introduced copies of his theses were made and were distributed making his views widespread, this is the reason to why he is most well-known of all those who stood up against the church. The church was not happy with Luther’s actions and was...
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