His belief of having a relationship with god versus developing a relationship with God through a priest made people feel that they could have control over their religious beliefs. Martin Luther’s perception of how a relationship with God should be developed and the misdeeds that he found within the Catholic church destroyed its credibility and resulted in a large portion of Catholics conforming to
Augustine and the Early Church Augustine of Hippo by Peter Brown Live Oak Public Library, STACKS 270.2 BROW Q5. In Augustine’s unfailing attempt to fight the heresies that plagued the early church, he realized that much of his colleagues and congregation lived by unquestioned faith in the Catholic Church. He also realized that this left them without a strong foundation for which they believed. (Brown, 354) His contributions to the written theological doctrines of Catholicism helped to strengthen the Church’s authority on controversial topics. Due to the lack of clearly written doctrines, ideas such as Pelagianism had filtered into the church through philosophies taught by seemingly earnest men.
Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales In The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer comments on moral corruption within the Roman Catholic Church. He criticizes many high-ranking members of the Church and describes a lack of morality in medieval society; yet in the “Retraction,” Chaucer recants much of his work and pledges to be true to Christianity. Seemingly opposite views exist within the “Retraction” and The Canterbury Tales. However, this contradiction does not weaken Chaucer’s social commentary. Rather, the “Retraction” emphasizes Chaucer’s criticism of the Church and society in The Canterbury Tales by reinforcing the risk inherent in doing so.
In his words, “Christians are to be taught that he who gives to the poor or lends to the needy does a better deed than he who buys indulgences.” This was a dominate practice in the church and they used the indulgences to make the Church extravagantly beautiful. Roman Catholicism and Protestantism have quite a few religious belief differences. A major difference is the Catholics believe that if you sin you can pay indulgences to the Church to help keep you out of purgatory. However, Luther did not agree with this, he believed, “salvation was by faith rather than by works and to denounce the Church’s practices of selling indulgences.” He did not think it was necessary for the pope, priests, saints or Mary to intervene and that everyone can have their own personal relationship with Christ. Martin Luther claims, “The bible is the sole authority for Christians.
This combination of characteristics yielded what is now considered one of the most important manuscripts in the English language. (Rossignol 14) That statement pretty much explains what Chaucer meant to his time period and the situations that his religion and people were going through. Even though he took sides with Martin Luther and condemned the Catholic Church in a way, he still saw some good also. Now it is very obvious that Chaucer used an abundance of sarcasm to describe his characters in “The Canterbury Tales” and, for the most part, this sarcasm was thrown out to condemn the Catholic Church for all of the wrong that they were doing at this time in his eyes. But, either way you look at it, Chaucers sarcasm and way of putting things was brilliant, in its own unique way, and surpassed its time.
Had it not been for his bravery and persistence to make his works known, we might not have the freedom that we do in arts present day (music, movies, and books)! After researching who Moliere is and what he did, I now realize how much of an impact that he had on 18th and 19th century theatre. Moliere wrote numerous controversial plays; resulting in his “infamous” popularity. Moliere did his best to break away from social norm of Classicism, and instead tried to introduce more Romanticism. Moliere and the King were good friends of one another.
This anxiety was created because of several key ... ... middle of paper ... ...his fact did not abate concerns over religion. Realistically, the perception created by Charles played the largest role in the fuelling of religious anxieties. With this in mind, many Protestants in England perceived the king as a leader being undermined by a Catholic queen, a king who had abandoned the Protestant cause, and a monarch that supported a controversial theology. All of these perceptions, whether true or not, served to create a period of great religious tension. Bibliography Bucholz, Robert, and Newton Key.
He also was in disagreement over the questions, “How one is saved and enters heaven?” and “Who is the highest authority in Christianity?” Revered as one of the most powerful and controversial figures in the Reformation Movement, Martin Luther’s actions caused corruption within the Roman Catholic Church therefore causing it to change some of their practices. Luther wanted people to be able read the Bible for themselves and know that the priest did not have the authority to charge a monetary price to have their sin’s forgiven. His passion was so great, it led him to translate the Bible into a dialect where everyone could read and understand it for themselves. This translation stirred a horrendous change in the rapport between the church leaders and their parishioners. Martin Luther ... ... middle of paper ... ...t.org/cathen/09438b.htm Head, R. C. (2004).
In conclusion, Luther, Zwingli, the Anabaptists and the Roman Catholics all had their problems and differences. However, these differences raised many controversial questions that caused people to really think about the government they were serving under and the religion they followed. People like Martin Luther questioned the authority of the pope and the church and caused many people to think of whether they were following the right thing. So despite many of the arguments between these three groups there was still much accomplished for Christ.
One of the main ones was that the papal authority and credibility were damaged. This was done through, Avignon papacy, - a time where the headquarters of the Holy See had to be moved from Rome to Avignon, it brought uncertainty to the people, as they did not trust the Pope, and believed the Pope favoured the French. Following this, the Great Western Schism also contributed to the loss of papal authority as it split Christian Europe into hostile camps, because three different men were claiming to be the true Pope, each having some support from different kings and princes of Europe. Finally, the corruption of the Renaissance papacy, such as that of Alexander VI (who did not keep the celibacy vow) resulted in loss of papal credibility. As the Holy See was not as powerful anymore, it was suffering from attacks on the papacy.