The Protestant Reformation By Hillerbrand

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In the book The Protestant Reformation by Hillerbrand, “The Twelve Articles of the Swabian Peasants” published in 1525, brought many conflicts to the protestant reformation. Many of the peasants were followers of Martin Luther theologian views so they believed that their grievances would be supported and embraced by Luther who later blinded the peasants with the rejection of their grievances. Luther believed that many of their demands were “evangelical” to their character. Luther published his letter,“Friendly Admonition to Peace Concerning the Twelve Articles of the Swabian Peasants in April 1525, which addressed his arguments against their grievances. In this paper, I will discuss what were the twelve grievances of the german peasant and why did Luther who said he believed in a christian freedom, reject the peasants ideas of reformation. Peasants made up a huge majority of the German population. Around one-hundred thousand peasants were involved in the peasant reformation. “The Twelve Articles of the Swabian Peasants,” spread quickly throughout the community addressing twelve demands that went against the regulations and laws that were set in the German government, and connected them to Luther’s ideas and the written bible. Two themes are addressed centered on justice in the church and human rights. The peasant reformation was to provide those of poorer status, the ability to have a say on how the church office is run and that God’s words are being interpreted
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