Agenda Bell Assignment Reading of pg. 558 (Answer 1 – 3) Reformation Notes/Discussion Mini-Posters – Reformation. Friday, December 2, 2011. The Reformation.
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During the Renaissance the church was under fire. Christians accused the church of corruption and worldliness. Some of the problems were:
During this time the Pope competed with Italian princes for power.
The popes lived the lavish life. They also became great patrons having artists beautify their churches.
To support these lifestyles the church increased their charges for some services (marriages and baptism).
Some promoted the sale of indulgences which is lessening the time a person would spend in purgatory by giving money.
The problems of the Church led to many protests of Church practices. Many urged the Church to return to the simple ways of the early Christianity. The y stressed Bible study and rejection of the secular world.
In 1517, the protests against the Church became a revolt. This revolt was triggered by German monk Martin Luther.
Martin Luther was outraged by the selling of indulgences. In response to the selling of indulgences, Luther wrote The 95 Theses.
It stated there was no basis in the Bible about indulgences nor could a pope release a person from purgatory. He said the only way a person could be saved is through faith.