The Protestant Reformation Essay

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The Protestant Reformation during the sixteenth century established a schism between Christian beliefs that lead to the emergence of divergent interpretations of the Bible. Through this transformation the Papacy was prosecuted for its unrelenting and restricted renditions of the gospel that was seen to oppress the populace and corrupt the true meaning of God’s Word. Though there were individuals such as Desiderius Erasmus who greatly criticized the Catholic Church yet remained loyal there were others who broke away entirely. With the increasing dissatisfaction across Europe factions began to be founded providing elucidation on the “truthful” interpretations of the Bible. Two various factions were known as Lutheranism after German priest…show more content…
Erasmus was also disturbed by the isolation the theologians practiced by hiding behind their doctrines and “hedged in by rows of magistral definitions, conclusions, corollaries, explicit and implicit propositions.”3 So much so that they remained untouchable to the people creating a divide between the church and the populace. Furthermore, Erasmus was in disagreement with the continual practice of the “very foolish”4 belief that one could rectify the ill conceived notions and practices in their lives through worshipping particular paintings or statues such as the statue of Barbara in hopes of a safe return from battle. These practices were Erasmus believed,“a great comfort in soothing self delusions about fictitious pardons for their sins”5 and enabled people to believe all acts that were practiced against the will of God could be paid off “like a mortgage, and paid in such a way that he could start off once more on a whole new round of sinful pleasures”6 creating an unending cyclical realm of corruption and injustice. Through these unfavourable views of the Catholic Church Erasmus remained faithful during the Reformation. However, his beliefs that circulated provided the grounding for the emerging views of Martin Luther and John Calvin who were amongst the central figures developing various ideals of the Protestant Reformation. The base ideologies
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