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There is some validity in this statement as there is evidence to support this claim that the Church was spiritually unhealthy in the pre-reformation period as argued by traditionalists such as John Lotherington editor of Years of Renewal However the statement made is rather too simplistic There is strong evidence that there were several reasons other than the weaknesses of the Catholic Church that played an important role in causing the German Reformation Michael Mullett argues wholly that Luther was the cause of the Reformation while Keith Randell author of Luther and the German Reformation argues that there were a number of causes such as political economical social and cultural causes The Church argues Lotherington is the most important key issue for the cause of the German Reformation Lotherington quotes The Roman Catholic Church was intent on exploiting Germany He bases his argument on the evidence Religion was the most important affair in the middle Ages In this age people would not live to an old age but would die quite young Therefore people would place their trust in God and subsequently in the Church thinking that by good works and other practices such as purchasing Indulgences would get them eternal life It was on the sale of Indulgences that made Luther write his Ninety Five Theses Randell also supports Lotheringtons view that it was Luthers protest against Indulgences that spurred the Reformation Relics of Saints were also a money making scheme in which is mentioned by Lotherington which must have been frauds and Lotherington states sceptical travellers noted enough wood from the cross to make a forest of crosses However as both Randell and Lotherington state there were also other weaknesses in the Church bar indulgences that caused it to be corrupt Randell and even Mullett to an extent all agree that other abuses in the Church were an obvious cause although not as wholly as Lotherington Randell argues that there was an impression
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