Other Protestant movements grew up along lines of mysticism or humanismsometimes breaking from Rome or from the Protestants, or forming outside of the churches.
By putting the church between Scripture and the people, the church takes control of Scripture. In the 16th century Erasmus of Rotterdama great humanist scholar, was the chief proponent of liberal Catholic reform that attacked popular superstitions in the church and urged the imitation of Christ as the supreme moral teacher.
I cannot and I will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. There is a need for us to think through what we can do about those problems. The only way we can do this is by paying money to this priest to say certain prayers.
It was also about our rediscovery of the Gospel.
You and I do not need a priest to tell us that we will die with our sins forgiven. Going back to Scripture is about going back to the Word of God and discovering what it is saying, rather than relying upon some preacher who may act as if he alone is the mean of communication between God and his people.
The Reformation brought home the importance of Christian education. That was a much needed correction. People were now able to worship God as they believed and they no longer relied on the Catholic Church for guidance with religious matters.
That was enormously important for a whole range of things. From onward, religious pamphlets flooded Germany and much of Europe. Here is something we need to rediscover. Hus objected to some of the practices of the Catholic Church and wanted to return the church in Bohemia and Moravia to earlier practices: One thing you will notice is that these problems seem to be emerging again.
So objectively, education was important. It was an important issue for them. If you read Luther, you will discover that for him, reading the New Testament is like getting an insight into the days when faith came to life, insights to days when the church seems to have died.
In spite of its political implicationsthe reorganization of the church permitted the beginning of religious change in England, which included the preparation of a liturgy in English, the Book of Common Prayer.
You can see this working at two different levels. As Christians we must magnify Him always and live our lives in His presence, under His authority, and for His glory. I think this is a great theme for us, because you and I are seeking to rediscover the Word and will of God for his people.
Eastern Europe offered a seedbed for even more radical varieties of Protestantism, because kings were weak, nobles strong, and cities few, and because religious pluralism had long existed. An individual European may not believe that the Christian Faith is true, and yet what he says, and makes, and does, will all spring out of his heritage of Christian culture and depend upon that culture for its meaning.
For him, this was perversion of the Gospel. Inthe Reformation began with Luther and caught on instantly.Christianity in Europe. Jump to navigation Jump to search East–West Schism and Protestant Reformation and the 20th century brought increasing syncretism, New Age and various new religious movements divorcing spirituality from inherited traditions for many Europeans.
Why We Need a New Reformation Michael Horton Tuesday, 31 Oct Why do we need a new Reformation? It was that word “alone” that brought Rome and the reformers into conflict.
Scripture is the only ultimate authority for faith and practice. 87 percent of today’s Evangelical Christians (the heirs of the Reformation) affirm that. The Reformation ended the unity imposed by medieval Christianity and, in the eyes of many historians, signaled the beginning of the modern era.
A weakening of the old order was already under way in Northern Europe, as evidenced by the emergence of thriving new cities and a determined middle class. One Catholic thought Martin Luther was a "demon in the appearance of a man." Another who first questioned Luther's theology later declared, "He alone is right!" On the heels of this new.
The Protestant Reformation was a 16th century movement that altered the course of European and world history in a number of different ways.
This movement led to the eventual influence and demise of the previously powerful Catholic Church. The power of the rulers of these areas had increased in the previous century and many were anxious to take the opportunity offered by the Reformation to weaken the power of the papacy (the office of the Pope) and increase their own power in relation to the Church in Rome and other rulers.Download