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A Propaganda Campaign of Godly ProportionA key to any revolution in any time period is spreading the keypoints within theideology of the revolution in an efficient and effective manner The ProtestantReformation which is accredited chiefly to the efforts of the German monk MartinLuther involved a very large group of people splitting from the Catholic church aninstitution present for 1500 years before the reformation A task as large as this splitcries out for a method of spreading ideals rapidly also present was the need to grab theemotions of the intended targets of the message In the following the ideals the leadersof the Protestant used to attract converts the use of the innovative printing press in allowfor mass distribution of pamphlets and the effects the reformation had on all will beFrom early middle ages to the Sixteenth Century the Catholic Church evolved todominate all sectors of European life as the church grew so to did the power of thehierarchy within the institution With this power surge many church leaders went awayfrom the teachings of humility charity and faithfulness that Jesus prescribedand slowly began to give way to an unbridled lust for money One method the church used toappropriate funds was the paying of indulgences Indulgences were pieces of paperissued by the church that people purchased in exchange for forgiveness Many inEuropean society felt alienated by this practice Especially the poor and merchant class These classes saw a church collecting large sums of money while inflation and othereconomic factors hurt their own cause1 By the time Martin Luther undertook his effortto reform the church their was enough seeds planted in these classes to facilitate aBesides indulgences their were many theological points that the leaders of theReformation sought to reiterate into the Church In a sermon Luther gave in 1521 hestates that the Church overstepped its Biblical authority by claiming the right to atonesins Luther indicates that Jesus and only Jesus has such authority he statesGod haschosen a man
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