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Title Protestant ReformationContent An overview of the Protestant Reformation in EuropeDescription Discuss the Protestant ReformationReligion is a predominant force in our world today It also played a strong impact on the lives of those alive during the Protestant Reformation Recently many events have occurred to change the way people view religion such as the holocaust and more recently the Branch-Davidians in Waco Texas But even a more spectacular event in history occurred when a group of people decided that just because everyone around them had said it was so that did not mean that they should blindly follow this idea The Reformation was led in three different countries by three different men who varied in the reasons for their countries need for reformation The Reformation was an attempt to recover a lost golden age of primitive purity as set forth in the Bible Protestantism 206 This search for the primitive purity led to some very impure acts by some on the quest to regain this cleanliness The origin of the word Protestant stemmed to an event which took place nearly a half-millenium ago in April of 1529 at an assembly of a politicaland religious leaders when a protest was read against the accustomed traditions of Roman Catholicism The protesters who consisted of 14 free German cities and six Lutheran princes read their complaint to those in attendance at the assembly known as the Diet of Speyer The assembly itself contained Roman Catholic princes of Germany and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V The challengers of the previously untouchable Catholic dogmas stated that if they were forced to choose between obedience to God and obedience to Caesar they would unanimously choose in favor of God Needless to say the Diet was not delighted to hear such unheard of slander against everything there country stood for This milestone of rebellion in religion furnished the name Protestants to those gathered there to protest Although the protesters did not
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