The Reformation: Martin Luther And King Henry VIII

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The Reformation The Reformation was one of the most important act in history of all time. There are two main contributors to the Reformation in the 16th Century: Martin Luther and King Henry VIII. Although these two both were part of the Reformation they played two different parts in it. Martin Luther’s reform was based on his beliefs, and trying to stop the Catholic Church from all their wrongdoings. On the other hand Henry VIII wanted reformation for more personal reasons. Even though these two examples were different they both had a forceful impact on the Reformation that we still see effects of today. The first of these two reformations was Martin Luther in 1517. On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five theses to the door of the Wittenberg Cathedral. Although, initially he intended it to be a means to invite theological discussion, this simple act would generate one of the greatest religious movements in history “The Reformation.” Luther, like many people at this time, was frustrated by the Catholic religious practices, especially the sale of indulgence, corruption, and the emphasis on salvation through works and not atonement. Luther’s compassion succeeded in starting a religious revolution and later bringing change to the Protestant and Catholic Church. When Luther condemned indulgences, he was indirectly condemning the Pope. Luther had a broad appeal, mainly because he understood the needs of ordinary people. Luther transformed the learning process by translating the Latin Bible into German’s own language. The biggest…show more content…
In northern and central Europe, reformers like Martin Luther, John Calvin and Henry VIII challenged papal authority and questioned the Catholic Church’s ability to define Christian
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