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The Reformation in Europe led to a new social and political way of life and helped to further propel European society into the modern age It was yet another movement that began to alter peoples perception of the Roman Catholic Church The Reformation was a more religious movement in its nature then the Renaissance had been Although the Reformation had its beginning roots buried deep within the twelfth through the fourteenth centuries it did not hit society full blast until the sixteenth century with the movements of outspoken reformers such as Martin Luther Ulrich Zwingli and John Calvin The Reformation was a movement that called for a complete revamp of the Roman Catholic Church However in actuality it not only revamped the existing church but also split Christianity into separate distinct groups that had their base in Christian faith but differed in their views on the many ways faith was proclaimed The reformation had cost Europeans their sense of themselves as part of a universal church but it confirmed the importance of Christianity To begin Martin Luther a German Monk recognized and vocalized the opinions many people had on the papacys abuse of power Religion had strayed from the spiritual and proceeded toward greed and internal corruption Abuses such as the sale of indulgences for benefit of the pockets of clergy and lower or no taxes for the clerical officials angered people Luther saw the injustice in this and took action Luther wanted a national rather than Roman control of church finances He urged for many sacramental reforms and wanted to see permission for the clergy to marry Through the invention of the printing press written word could be duplicated very easily and spread throughout Germany and the rest of the continent adding fuel to the fire In essence Luthers aim was to restore the importance of scripture within the Bible and through these goals formed the Protestant Church As time progressed more
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