The Protestant Reformation And The Reformation

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The Protestant Reformation took place in the 16th century and was a major European movement whose goal was to reform the beliefs and practices of the Roman Catholic Church. This movement led to people worshipping God as they wanted and no longer relying on the Catholic Church for guidance with religious matters. Even though people were doing what they believed, the Protestant Reformation brought many conflicts. Religious disagreements caused bloody conflicts all over Europe. The principal figure from the Protestant Reformation was Martin Luther. Martin Luther was a German friar, priest, and professor of theology. Luther rejected many teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church so he decided to create his own religion, Lutheranism. Another important figure was John Calvin. John Calvin was a French theologian and pastor. He developed the system of Christian Theology which was then called Calvinism. These two figures made a huge impact on society, economy, and politics during the Protestant Reformation. The Protestant Reformation affected politics in multiple ways. Some governments favored the new religion but other governments favored the Catholic church which made it even more complicated. Later on, other powers were introduced, which caused the catholic church to lose its power. When the Catholic church lost its powers, it triggered many wars, such as the St. Bartholomew Day Massacre which took place in 1572. The St. Bartholomew Day Massacre was a targeted
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