The Reformation

By: Kiersten Randle

What was the change?

The change was in the Roman Catholic church in Europe in the 1500s, which was led by the Pope. The reformation formed from european merchants resenting on paying taxes in the church, also because of "The praise of Folly." This was a book Erasmus wrote, criticizing the Roman Catholic church. Indulgences also decreased moral and political power of the catholic church. Results of this reformation directed people away from the Catholic church to protestant churches.
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Who were the people associated with the change?

Martin Luther and Henry Vlll were associated with the change in society and in the church. Martin Luther began his change for the church in 1517. He completely disagreed with the indulgences that pardon for sins that was granted to a person who had sacrifices or payments. He also wrote the 95 theses which stated his belief that all people with faith are equal. In the 95 theses he also criticizes the church. Henry Vlll was the king of Europe that had was married 6 times. He was aginst the protestant reformation and didnt want to be a catholic because he wanted to be able to divorce any wife he had, but because catholic churches wouldn't allow divorces, he went to a different church.

How did the change impact society at the time?

Gutenberg's change impacted society back then because he improved and contributed to society in a major way. He improved the printing press, which means more bibles and books. Not only did he make more for people to read, he made them more affordable for common people. After he improved the printing press more people started to read and become religious. Some people didn't feel the need to go to church because they had their own book of beliefs for what ever religion they were.


Society was also impacted by the 95 Theses, selling of indulgences, and "The praise of Folly." Politically and morally the church had lost power. So the counter reformation was to get that power back in the Roman Catholic church.

How is that change evidenced in today's modern society?

In this modern day, the change impacted society in different ways. A lot of people don't go to church because they feel as though they have everything thing they need to be a certain way for their religion. Some people read more and make better choices in life because they're following what their holy book says the way of life should be lived.

Indulgence led to criticizm and then that came about the counter- reformation. The Catholic Church changed and now politically and morally the church increased with that power. Now people are in all types of churches and people have different versions of bibles and other books to read.