Rebels in Medieval Times Essay

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In present times there are laws about religion being separate from government. In medieval and renaissance times things were not the same. Religion played a big part in everyday life and also in huge government decisions. At the start of these religiously ruled times the only source of religious guidance was the Roman Catholic Church. Therefore the Roman Catholic Church was the leading power of the medieval times. There were some in the common crowd who decided that the Roman Catholic Church was wrong for wanting all the power and started fighting back. The names of a few of these people are Martin Luther, Nicolaus Copernicus, and Galileo Galilei. They were some of the famous theologists and scientist of their times and because of their…show more content…
Using the Edict of Worms the church states, in defense against Luther, “We have declared and hereby forever declare by this edict that the said Martin Luther is to be considered an estranged member, rotten and cut off from the body of our Holy Mother Church. He is an obstinate, schismatic heretic, and we want him considered as such.” This is the turning point for Luther, when he is fully acknowledged by the church. This means that the church recognizes the threat that Luther is, and the first step to stopping or “fixing” a problem is to recognize what the problem is then you are able to focus in on it and end it. The church has also called him a heretic, and in truth he is a heretic.
The definition of a heretic is someone who goes against a belief or a set of beliefs. In Martin Luther’s 95 Theses he shared some of his beliefs and why he thought differently that the church. Some of his main theses that he listed were first, “Therefore the preachers of indulgences are in error, who say that by the pope’s indulgences a man is freed from every penalty, and saved.” In this single sentence Martin Luther was telling the whole church that he completely disagreed with one of the main points of the church. At that time the church was using most of the funds raised by the indulgences were used to pay for the building new chapels and church
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