The History of The Church The Church had held sway over medieval society for centuries, but it began to lose its grip in the fourteenth century. It was not only that it could not explain nor prevent the calamities that swept through the century, it was enduring its own calamities. The Church was at its strongest in the thirteenth century, but within a few years of entering the fourteenth it entered a series of crises that would all but destroy it (and certainly destroyed its hold over the minds and hearts of many Europeans).
The 1500’s were a time of reformation and also a time of corruption in the church. The pope, Pope Leo X was one of the most corrupt popes because of his greed for money. The church was very wealthy during the protestant reformation promoting false beliefs to many people, but one man named Martin Luther changed that with his 95 theses because of his dislike for the wrongdoings from the Catholic church.
The reasons behind Martin Luther decision to nail the Ninety-five theses on the door of the church because the churches were lying to the good people who wanted to follow Gods word. For the Roman Church, the word of God was altered and made up of lies that only benefited the authority of the church. The Church sold indulgences which involved people believing that it was a payment of their sin. Many other wrong things were being told to the people. They weren’t able to understand or fix these lies because they were spoken in the language of Latin. The local people spoke German and were uneducated to understand. In 1517, the Pope Leo X announced a new round of indulgence to help build St Peters Basilica. That was the last of many pushes to Martin Luther’s angry and that’s when he decided to nail the Ninety-five theses to the church door.
The Episcopal Church was founded in the 16th century during the Protestant Reformation on the belief to spread Christianity and worship . The Episcopal church originated from the Church of England that modeled much of it’s religious beliefs from the Roman Catholic Church. Episcopalians (followers of the Episcopal Church) refer to their religion as “Protestant, yet Catholic,” (Wikipedia). I had the privilege to interview one of my teachers from middle school, Erin Havens. She grew up as a conservative Episcopalian, and described that experience as being almost identical to, “The way the Roman Catholics hold their masses, holidays and how they practice their beliefs,” (Havens). Which is true, because most of the modeling of the faith is role modeled after the Catholic Church other than some key differences.
Martin Luther was a former Priest/Monk and that saw some corruption in the Roman Catholic Church. Luther tried to bring his concerns to the Church in his writing of the “Ninety-five Theses on the Power of Indulgences.” When these question that Luther proposed to the Archbishop of Mainz went unsatisfactorily unanswered in 1517, Luther started defaming the Roman Church and pushed for the utter destruction of the Roman Church. What started out as an internal reform of Church’s discipline, turned into a war against the Roman Church for their total destruction. This was the intent of Luther’s sermon of 1521.
Corianna McDonald M. Ritter ELA 12 December 2013 How did Roman Catholicism shape the cultural landscape of Louisiana? Imagine hundreds of Catholic missionaries populating the state of Louisiana all at once. This is what happened in the nineteenth century. Many Roman Catholics immigrated from France and Spain.
Martin Luther was a friar very devoted to the Church but after analyzing all these aspects he decided to do something about it. On October 31, 1517 he attached to the door of Wittenberg Castle a list of 95 theses or propositions on indulgences. These theses criticized papal policies and were objections about he church put on hold for discussion.
The practices of The Catholic Church during the sixteenth century caused a monk named Martin Luther to question The Church’s ways. Luther watched as families suffered physically, emotionally and economically by the hands of The Church. Luther saw no basis for The Church to charge people for their sins or prevent them from learning to read The Bible themselves. He watched as the money built up The Palace, yet tore apart the fundamental and spiritual reasons one goes to church in the first place. In an effort to change the practices of The Church, he wrote the 95 Thesis. In these, he stated his views on the abuses of The Church. This was the beginning of a large movement that would change religious practices over the world.
Catholicism is one of the most expressive aspects of Christianity, and even today, it congregates the largest community of Christians on the planet. According to some recent statistics, about one billion people profess to be adept of the Catholicism, which has Brazil and Mexico as the biggest Catholic countries. In fact, the origins of Catholicism are linked to the first steps taken in the history of Christianity.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the sixth largest church in the United States with approximately 15 million Mormons following the religion. The Mormonism was founded by Joseph Smith, Jr. in 1820 because he was overwhelmed by the different Christian denominations formed and he wondered which denomination was true. When he was 14 years old, he went into the woods to pray in order to figure out his concerns and supposedly God appeared to him and told Smith not to join any of the denominations in his town. Three years later, Smith was visited by an angel called Moroni that told him that he was chosen to transcribe the Book of Mormon. The book was published in 1830 and the book told of the Jews plight in Jerusalem and how the Jewish people fled the country for the United States. In addition, the Book of Mormon discusses the culture, civilization, and Jesus’ appearance in America. After publication, the Mormon faith began to grow but because the faith was accepting to polygamy, Smith and his followers were persecuted and forced to move to different states. Until one day, a mob attacked Joseph Smith and his brother killing both of them in the process. Due to the unfortunate events, the church was split into two different faiths one led by Smith’s widow and the other group was led by Brigham Young in Utah.