REVIEW: Martin Luther and Reformation

Task 1

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Causes of the Reformation

In the beginning of the 16th century, many events occurred that led to the protestant reformation. Clergy abuse caused people to begin criticizing the Catholic Church.

The central points of criticism were the following:

  • The church sold tickets of indulgences (forgiveness) from sins for money. This suggested that the rich could buy their way into Heaven while the poor could not – quite the opposite of what the Bible says.
  • Many people did not understand the sermon, because it was in Latin.
  • Religious posts were often sold to whoever was willing to pay the most money for them. This meant many priests did not know much about Christianity. So they told the people many different things. Some of those things had little to do with what was written in the Bible.

IMPORTANT

In the beginning, Luther had not planned to separate from the Catholic Church or to create a new religion; he wanted to reform the Catholic Church.

Summary in 8 minutes

Consequences

In 1524-1525, millions of peasants rebelled against the nobles in the name of equality of the humanity in front at God. Many countries in Europe followed the trend of Protestant reformation and Europe was divided by denomination. This brought religious wars such as the French Wars of Religion.

The Pope reestablished the inquisition to combat heresy. The Catholic Church responded to the protestant reformation with the counter-reformation. Force was not entirely successful, so the Pope created new religious orders like the Jesuits. These new religious orders were charged to combat Protestantism while educating the population to Catholicism.

Impact

Protestant denominations have multiplied in different forms, especially in Protestant countries. Catholic countries such as Spain and Mexico for a long time forbade Protestants to immigrate, and Protestant countries sometimes forbade Catholics. Protestants are influential in the United States and the English Canada. After the Seven Years War the British imposed the Quebec Act granting freedom of religion in Quebec, hoping it would become Protestant.

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Task 2: In your opinion, what was the most important cause for Martin Luther to believe the Catholic Church was in a deep crisis?

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30 Responses to REVIEW: Martin Luther and Reformation

  1. Facu says:

    The most important cause for Luther to believe the Catholic Church was in a deep crisis, was that he didn’t agree on people buying indulgences (which meant God’s pardon from sins and reduced time in purgatory) This was bad because church were focused on making money from people. Also, poor people such as peasants, couldn’t buy their way into heaven while the rich could. This is unfair and unacceptable because the Bible didn’t say what the Church was making the people believe.

  2. Olivia Landgraf says:

    The most important cause for Martin Luther to believe the Catholic Church was in a deep crisis was: The Catholic Curch was becoming rich by the indulgences that they sell, also they use to celebrate mass in Latin so the people didnt understand a word they say, and they can not read the Bible.Martin Luther was against the system of the priest, pope and monks. He belived that the religion must by near the people more than the people near the Church.

  3. juana says:

    Martin Luther believed that the church was in a crisis because the church told everyone what they had to do and also because they always asked for money to forgive sins so Martin Luther said that we only had to believe in God and about repentance and give him more importance to the bible.

  4. luchi g says:

    -In your opinion, what was the most important cause for Martin Luther to believe the Catholic Church was in a deep crisis?
    because they had been uncovered and they werent going to get the money the people gave to them for certificates or pardons.

  5. Facu says:

    In my opinion, the most important cause for Luther to believe the Catholic Church was in a deep crisis, was that he didn’t agree on people buying indulgences (which meant God’s pardon from sins and reduced time in purgatory) This was bad because the church was focused on making money from people. Also, poor people such as peasants, couldn’t buy their way into heaven while the rich could. This is unfair and unacceptable because the Bible didn’t say what the Church was making the people believe.

  6. Simon says:

    For me Martin Luther thought church was in a deep crisis because church was lying to people and they wrote the bible in Latin, a language that a few people could understand. And church lyied saying that you could buy things tha made you be forgiven by god, something that bible did not say.

  7. lucia bartomeo says:

    I think that it was good because he rewrite the bible for all the people can read it

  8. Candelaria says:

    In my opinion one of the most important causes for Martin Luther to believe that the Catholic Church was in a deep crisis was that it still believed in the confession. He disagreed and believed that one had to speak only to God, not to a priest.

  9. mateo says:

    I think the most important reason for Martin Luther to believe that the Catholic Church was in deep crisis, was because the people start to think that the things that said the church were fake and that the church was selling pardons to people saying to theme that this one was the only form to go heaven and if people don’t buy there pardons they would have less money and people would start to criticism theme.

  10. Emilia Janeiro says:

    The church sold tickets of forgiveness from sins in return of money This kind of mean that the rich could buy their way into Heaven and the poor people could not. That is the opposite of what the Bible says Martin Luther could transmit it and because of that people started to reflect about these.

  11. Lucas says:

    In my opinion Martin Luther believed that the Catholic Church was in deep crisis when the people started reading the Bible when it wasn’t in Latin and then they realized that what the church was saying was wrong and Martin Luther was aware of that

  12. Vicente Mainero says:

    I think the reason for Martin Luther to believe that the Catholic Church was in a crisis was when people been told that you don’t need to pay to go to heaven

  13. ines says:

    The most important thing for Martin was that he realized that the church had a lot of money because people gave him money to get closer to God and, anyone that believes in God, did not believe that God there said that you had to pay to be with him.

  14. Manu S says:

    That the indulgence is given by the church after the sinner has confessed.And the indulgences replaced the severe penances of the early church.

  15. Jaime says:

    I think matin Luther thought church was in crisis because he read the bible and understand Jesus Christ died for us to go to heaven, so we must not pay for going to heaven, church was earning money and bible said give to the ones that doesn’t have not give money to church

  16. Mery says:

    I think the most important reason for Martin Luther to believe that the Catholic Church was in deep crisis, was when people began to realize that the Church was saying things that were not in the Bible. Martin Luther was the one who became aware of this problem and began to transmit it until many Catholics left this religion for others, for example: protestants. This was the crisis that the church faced in those times.

  17. Eugenia yezze says:

    For me, Martin thought that because as he was contradicting the kingdom and many people believed him, they were going to be in a deep crisis.

    Euge

  18. Jaime says:

    God did for us to go to heaven, so you must not pay for it

    • Pat says:

      Jaime, answer this question please
      In your opinion, what was the most important cause for Martin Luther to believe the Catholic Church was in a deep crisis?

  19. Felipe Carrizo says:

    In my opinion the cause to Martin Luther believe that the Catholic Church was in a deep crisis was that the church didn’t looks like if it was a important thing, they didn’t have any paints, statues or even a language that the people understand. Another thing is that they didn’t worry about the people they only worry in money and about charging the people to get money.

    • Pat says:

      didn’t have any paints, statues? check this!!! Catholic churches do have them….
      How did they get money?

  20. Manu S says:

    The most important was that Martin didn’t like the fact that the people can buy indulgences,and then he think it was a deep crisis.

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