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The Protestant Reformation What it was why it happened and why it was necessary The Protestant Reformation has been called the most momentous upheaval in the history of Christianity It was a parting of the ways for two large groups of Christians who differed in their approach to the worship of Christ At the time the Protestant reformers saw the church- the Catholic church or the universal church- as lacking in its ways The church was corrupt then all the way up to the pope and had lost touch with the people of Europe The leaders of the Reformation sought to reform the church and its teachings according to the Scriptures and the writings of the Apostles They sought to simplify the church by returning to its roots roots long lost by the Catholic church at the time or so the reformers believed After the fall of the Roman Empire life in Europe declined rapidly into the Dark Ages The Dark Ages were a time of misery and darkness There were only two socioeconomic classes the very rich nobility or the very poor peasants Small kingdoms popped up everywhere and were constantly at war with one another Whole libraries were destroyed and the only people who remained literate were the clergy of the Christian church Life became such a struggle to survive that for a period of five hundred years very little artwork or literature was produced by the whole of Europe Eventually around the year 1000 the conditions in Europe began to get better This marked the beginning of the Middle Ages The Crusades began as an effort to revitalize the spirits of the people However things still werent very good Plagues ravaged the land carried by rodents and destroying whole villages With this all around the people began to talk of witches and devils and evil spirits The religious stories of the time as seen in the sculpture of every church
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