The Religious Conscience Of Europe

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Imagine Martin Luther, posting a tweet beginning “#Let’s Debate, Indulgencies of the Church”. How long would it take that information to reach todays theologians and begin a debate? In the 21st century, we recognize communication as a basic skill that is mastered by an early age. Communication involves a variety of technologies used to coordinate the work of the Church in many nations, strengthen personal faith, and minister to the needs of others. Communication resources have become the glue that holds together nations, corporations, faith communities and families. This has not always been true, the many events of the sixteenth century Reformation vastly influenced the development of Christianity. As the fifteenth century closed, it…show more content…
The humanistic view brought to Western Europe, supported the need for reform with the Church and the voice of indifference wsa gaining influence. Theologians like humanist reformer, Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam, were now being heard with new acceptance from many. Erasmus viewed our obedience to Christ more important than the doctrine of the Church, “He insisted that righteousness was more important than orthodoxy.” (big 17) He produced an edition of the New Testament in Greek translation providing the opportunity for more to read and become familiar with personal view of Christ. The Humanist learning continued to spread across Europe. The ancient ideal of a single church, with the pope as its visible head, was passing away and a new world was being born. Theologians were looking in new ways at all of God’s creation and there was a new understanding of being Christian. “The view of national unity liked with religious uniformity wsa at the root of the many wars of religion that shook both the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Eventually …the conclusion was reached that religious agreement was not necessary for the security of the state”(Big 163) Ultimately, providing political liberty leading to a more healthy separation of the church and politics. Also see page 57 for more info On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther,
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