The Effects of the Reformation on European Life

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The Effects of the Reformation on European Life

European society was divided from the word go, people all around

Europe were dominantly Catholic before the reformation. This time was

bringing change throughout Europe with a heavy influence on art and

culture because the Renaissance was occurring; a religious revolution

was also beginning, which was known as the Protestant Reformation. The

Protestant Reformation was the voicing of disagreements by a German

Catholic priest about the Catholic Church; this priest was Martin

Luther and was excommunicated from the church for his actions.

The Protestant Reformation helped to influence and strengthen the

Renaissance that was just arising in England.

Religion is a predominant force in our world today. It also had a

strong impact on the lives of those alive during the Protestant

Reformation. Many people became key figures in bringing about the

ideas that founded the Protestant Reformation like John Calvin and

most importantly Martin Luther. Martin Luther pinned these concerns of

his to the door of his church and was not afraid to voice his opinion,

I think this was the key to the Reformation, and without people

willing to risk everything to bring a change like this about, then it

all would have been impossible.

Although saying this, the Reformation was not just on a Protestant

level, it spread and soon became, not just a popular topic for

discussion, but a wide-ranged divided religious change that affected

every inch of society. This meant that people wanted their own version

of change and reform, this lead to a variety of different reforms

within this movement. The main bodies that evo...

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Reformation was ont really just a good thing, I think that it went a

bit over the top with the violence, and the destruction of religious

imagery by Puritans. I believe even though they were against religious

imagery in their churches, I think that England would be better off

being able to see the beautiful historical statues and images that the

Catholic churches created.

I agree fully that the Reformation touched all aspects of European

life because before this event even occurred, religion played a major

role in society, so it was bound to give a humungous impact at the

time. However, I can see why people might disagree with the statement,

and say that change was inevitable and the Reformation was only a

contributing factor to the change and the Renaissance was the

underlying factor of change at that time.
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