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The religious movement made its manifestation in Europe in the sixteen century. This was the beginning of the Reformation. The Reformation is reforming some doctrines and practices of the Roman Catholic Church and resulted in the establishment of the Protestant churches (Reformation 2003). The Reformation resulted in many wars, more suspicion of witchcraft and corruption. This paper will discuss social and culture issues relating to wars of religion, political issues of religious wars, religious conflicts associated to women, and lastly the social problem of the 17th century.
The wars of religion escalated because many people were unhappy with their culture and societies few of religion. Martin Luther was one of the first to be outspoken. He stated that he did not believe that the religious society should forgive all sins. This eventually made others think and turned into a large amount of society not pleased with the religious culture of the Roman Catholic Church. There was one faith, one law and one king. The social order wanted a change in religion and took a deeper look into the doctrine. This led to many political issues. How was the church and kings going to maintain civil order with these new ideas? The state, society and religion were no longer going to be binding together. This showed the way to anarchy, destruction and of course, war.
The Wars of Religion and the Reformation piloted religious self expression. Women were choosing their beliefs and able to express themselves religiously. Spiritual identification and self expression in women was perceived as a threat to social order. Even though women were expressing themselves it was still in a modest manner. This was new behavior in women which led to the suspicions of female vulnerability to demonic possession. Many believed their vulnerability could lead to witchcraft.
The number one problem in my opinion is no equality in society. A social problem in the 17th century is that people viewed socially by their division into the tradition order or estates. This simply means and is determined by hereditary and quality. No matter how hard some tried to get ahead or move up in life, this was not possible. The inequality was supported by Christian teachings that emphasized the need to fulfill their responsibility of one’s place. Equally became a huge emphasis in the 18th century.
In conclusion, the 17th century was full of religious change, exploration, self discovery and political change. The Reformation of the doctrine changed Europe forever. There were culture and society changes with the new ideas of religion. Politically, society became mayhem and civil order was changing. The women were thought as demonic and said to be practicing witchcraft from outburst of religious self expression. Lastly, society’s major issues were inequality.
References reformation. (n.d.) The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. (2003). Retrieved August 24 2010 from http://www.thefreedictionary.com/reformation
References: reformation. (n.d.) The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. (2003). Retrieved August 24 2010 from http://www.thefreedictionary.com/reformation