The Protestant Reformation

may be considered to have started with Martin Luther's writing of the 95 Theses in 1517. Luther was not the first to question certain doctrines of the Catholic Church, but he served as a focal point for those who would ultimately work to throw off the domination of Rome. The reformation was primarily a religious revival and a revival in the interest of Christ's life, which turned out to start many bloody wars between different religious sects. At the time when he first began to push the idea that salvation was by faith alone and not by works, Germany was politically falling apart. The Emperor was in frequent disagreement with the Papacy over a variety of political matters, and there ...

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against the rest of Europe also. Until , Catholicism was a uniting force in Europe. Since all people there, other than Jews, were members of the Church, there was a sense of solidarity, which would never exist again in Europe after the Reformation. The power of the Church, then, was both religious and secular. However, after the Reformation, countries began to choose sides religiously, and to attempt to keep their own states almost entirely one or the other. This helped to change the alliances of powers within Europe, with Protestants standing against Catholics. Ultimately, these divisions led to a series of religious wars. For the common European, war was a fact of life as result of the Reformation, for each side sought to protect its political and religious position by fighting.
In the 1520s, Germany experienced the Peasant's Revolt. The Reformation was not the cause of the revolt, but it was an encouraging factor. The peasants were severely oppressed and poor. They ...

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