He speaks of this corruption when he says, “ By this easy way of ... ... middle of paper ... ...tutes of Christian Religion took a different approach. It had justified the values of Lutheranism in hopes that people would convert. Although both a different in many ways, both documents serve the same purpose, to show the people that how terrible the corrupt leaders of the church are, and to show the replacements to the corrupt religion. Also, Martin Luther’s 95 Theses was a very influential document as well, and it had influenced Phillip Melanchthon to deliver a prodigious speech to contribute to the growth of the Reformation. Moreover, Lucas Cranach’s Cranach Weimar Altar had also illustrated why Jesus had dies, and how the church abuses their power.
It was then in order to solidify his hold on power, Henry had Cramner named archbishop of Canterbury and for... ... middle of paper ... ...d to have achieved much religious change by 1546 and they accomplished this by giving Henry the power he desired. From the study of the motives behind the English Reformation I believe that the Henrician Reformation was much more political than it was religiously. Henry achieved much authority and financial gain through the reformation and also attained a divorce. The key reason for breaking with Rome was Henry himself and his greed and selfishness. However, the reformation did see some religious change from the Protestant influence from both Cromwell and Cranmer.
This meant that lay people could now read the bible, understand it and make their own judgement upon the Catholic beliefs. This was important to the reformation as it not only bought ... ... middle of paper ... ...centralised government, Maximilian was not successful in doing so. This was partly due to other estates, which did not want to weaken their own power by strengthening his. Indeed, the territorial estates claimed to have responsibility for their subject's interests and defended their rights and privileges. By 1560 Europe had dramatically and fundamentally changed, the renaissance had a tremendous impact upon the way in which men thought and challenged beliefs.
The renaissance and the reformation were two of the most significant changes in history that has shaped our world today. Both of these great time periods are strikingly similar in some ways and totally different in others. This is because the renaissance was a change from religion to humanism whether it is in art or literature; it is where the individual began to matter. However, the reformation was,” in a nutshell,” a way to reform the church and even more so to form the way our society is today. The first half of this paper will view the drop in faith, the economic powers, and the artistic and literary changes during the renaissance, while the second half will view the progresses and changes the church makes during the reformation.
The bible is said to be th... ... middle of paper ... ...as Roman Catholic and there was Protestantism. The Protestants differ because they put more emphasis on the exact translation of the words of God. They take the bible literally and believe in the words of God. For the most part, only the Holy Roman Empire converted to Protestantism while in the rest of Europe they remained Roman Catholic. (Lord, 96-99,103-108) Martin Luther had a lasting effect on society because he reformed the Church by exposing their corruption, translated biblical texts and eventually a religion was named after him.
By this, he meant that the Catholic Church had put so much emphasis on the bible as a central religious authority and imposed it on people to follow its teachings. The other central belief of the Martin Luther document was that humans may reach salvation only by their faith and not by their deeds. This particularly sparked the Protestant Reformation. The ideology of the Catholic Church that faith and not deeds would mean salvation for the believers was widely denounced and most people were of the opinion that both were the way to salvation. Although these two ideologies about the Catholic Church had been advanced before, Martin Luther wrote and presented them at a moment in history that was right for the religious reformation.
Protestantism, a new religion separated from the Catholic Church, spread around Europe. Sovereign could increase power because of Protestants. Protestantism was helpful for the government to separate from the Catholic since Protestant leaders taught people to obey godly rulers while Catholic Church believed that the religion is more powerful than government. In Germany, Luther’s Bible words became the linguistic standard for all separated regions. In England, reformation fostered a sense of nationalism.
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.
Luther broke the unity of the Catholic Church forever by exposing their faults and misguided notions. Lutheranism spread quickly due to the availability of the Christian Faith, as well as the close relationship between religion and the state. Luther believed that the Christian Faith was being exploited. The leaders of the Roman church were abusing their monopoly over their Christian followers for their benefit. Luther wrote The Ninety-Five Theses in response to the sale of indulgences by the Pope.
Many years later, a reformer known as John Calvin, born in 1509 in France, intended to be a priest until he heard of Luther’s ideas while in France. Calvin agreed with some of Luther’s ideas and disagreed with others, which is why he... ... middle of paper ... ...ess and the church would not have evolved because Calvin referred to Luther’s work very often as well as previous German theologians. Therefore, with Calvin’s continuing effort to reform the church he still referred back to Luther for more guidance because Luther was able to reform the Church more. Martin Luther’s reforms and struggle to define salvation were more successful than Calvin’s reforms and struggle of defining salvation. Both protestant reformers were men of virtue and knowledge; yet Luther’s abilities to evolve the church were beyond extraordinary.