The Protestant Reformation And Martin Luther And The Catholic Counter Reformation

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In the 16th century, the religious revolution took place in the Western Church. The Reformation is commonly known as the Protestant Reformation. During the Reformation period (1517-1648), the society started to publicly challenge the authority of the Papacy and the Roman Catholic Church. The people openly challenged their beliefs, themselves, and the basis of all knowledge; when Martin Luther published his 95 theses. The Reformation became the basis for the founding of Protestantism. Not only did the reformation divided the Catholic church, but it started a religious conflict; a constant battle between the three major branches of Christianity: Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox. Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the door of the Castle…show more content…
With individual interpretations, comes with questioning power, which Martin Luther did, he started to question the churches means. When Luther posted his 95 theses on the door of the church this caused a counter reformation. The Catholic counter reformation, was often successful. Catholics response to Luther seemed slow to come. There were reasons; reformers, both inside and outside of the church, sought changes in both doctrine and practice not easily absorbed. Luther’s key reason for posting the theses was to protest the church for indulgences. Luther did not think it was honorable that the church made people pay money for getting their sins forgiven. The church reasserted the Pope’s infallibility, Priest, Nuns, painting, relics, stained glasses, statues, sacraments, and the Holy Mary, however, the church did not reassert the cost of money for having sins forgiven. The Catholics counter argument for Martin Luther’s argument about Sola Scriptura and Sola Fide was that everyone needs the scriptures and needs faith but alone one cannot reach salvation because people need to act on God's word and act on their faith; actions speak louder than words. The difference in beliefs caused a separation amount the two groups, instead of working together as one religion and highlighting each others successes they began to fight with another and branch off into two different sects. The separation further complicates matters, it goes even further; the society begins to have doubts about each religion and makes its own interpretations, causing more sects within the Christianity religion. Christianity began in the first century, it was the main religion for many decades, no one fought against the teaching of the church until 1517 AD, when protestantism
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