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Renaissance vs Reformation It is clear and evident that during the Renaissance and the Reformation period many changes and modification were made in the area of religion The Catholic religion was fairly unstable and as a result new religious groups beliefs were formed However there were specific people who helped initiate this entire process Desiderius Erasmus Martin Luther and Jean Calvin all played a key role in the modifications of religion during the Renaissance and the Reformation First of all Desiderius Erasmus changed peoples perspective on religion He was definitely one of the most influential humanists in the northern renaissance His biggest factor that contributed to the modification of religion was that he translated the New Testament into the language of the people Even though Erasmus was a Catholic his ideals helped start Protestantism He tried to make people understand and interpret religion themselves Basically Erasmus tried to clarify ancient texts such as the New Testament to bring it to the people so they could understand what they were reading Erasmus illustrated the importance of not only the understanding of the bible and religion but the interpretation of it by the people Another person that helped make religion an important aspect of the Renaissance and the Reformation was Martin Luther Martin Luther was a Parish priest during the sixteenth century What made Luther different from other Parish Priests was that he was educated and had a new viewpoint on faith and the church Most Parish Priests at the time claimed that in order to reach heaven you would have to do good deed on earth and give money to the church Luther completely disagreed with this viewpoint and wrote a ninety-five theses based on why that was wrong and posted it for others to read Luther believed that in order to go to heaven you had to have faith What makes important to the Renaissance was that he basically initiated
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