History Of Western Civ II : A Period Of Religious Freedom

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Mercedez Valentin Professor Acevedo History of Western Civ II 1 March 2016 “Was the Sixteenth Century CE (Reformation Era) A Period of Religious Freedom In Europe” Reformation is an act of improvement in the existing form or condition of institutions or practices etc.; intended to make a striking change for the better in social or political or religious affairs. The Reformation of the sixteenth century in Europe began as an attempt to reform the practices of the Catholic Church and was sparked by Martin Luther’s 95 theses which objected to the abuses he perceived within the church. The Catholic leaders had negatively painted the church through the evils practiced there; corruption, discrimination of the lower class by upper class who were the priest and clergy who received their position by money but not by a call or religion knowledge, their greed and scandalous lives pushed of the selling tickets of indulgences from sin to heaven and many other evils revolving around the church called for reformation (Blick and Tekippe 46). Martin Luther, John Calvin, Huldrych Zwingli and other Protestant reformers came forward to rectify and amend the vicious and depraved behavior of the church. Their effort to renaissance the church was opposed by the Catholic leaders and this brought about religious war like French War of Religion and others which took quite some time. The sixteenth century was the age of the revival of religion, literature, and art. The spirit of progress and

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