Different Impacts on Religion

1067 Words Jun 25th, 2018 5 Pages
Close to one hundred and fifty years apart, both Louis XIV Edict of Fontainebleau and Luther’s Address to the Christian Nobility of the German Nation had an immense impact on religion. Martin Luther’s document would pave the way for the Protestant Reformation, while Louis XIV would revoke all the freedoms that the Huguenots enjoyed in a Catholic France with the Edict of Nantes. This essay will compare and contrast these distinctions and their impact on religion. Therefore, although years apart, these two documents lead a paradigm shift, address what they believe to be “evils” plaguing their lands, and put power in the hands of the temporal authorities.
The renowned individuals, King Louis XIV and Martin Luther, led a paradigm shift with
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The Pope’s anointment and all his religious rites (unction, tonsure, ordination, consecration) all made him a puppet and not what a real leader of the Catholic Church should have been. Luther quoted St. Peter who said, “Thus we are all consecrated as, priests by baptism” , which meant all the citizens are equal under God’s eyes. Every Christian is baptized and has the ability to absolve their sins and Luther believed that with indulgences, the Church has destroyed the great virtue of these privileges. The second wall attacked the Church considering them to be “Master of Scriptures”. He felt that if the real justice of God is found in the bible, then the Pope cannot be the only one right in interpreting scriptures. Luther explained that if this was the case, “then we must say, 'I believe in the Pope of Rome,' and reduce the Christian Church to one man, which is a devilish and damnable heresy.” Luther went about this on his own as he translated the Bible into German, published the 95 theses, and with the help of the printing press, made the word of God available to thousands of people. The third and final wall, Luther believed to be the easiest to overcome. He believed that the Church needed to be held accountable if people felt that they are acting contrary to the scriptures. After a period of review, the German princes eventually agreed with Luther and adopted his proposed
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