Was the protestant Reformation a religious or an economic event?
The Reformation was the greatest religious and political movement for Christ since the early church. The Reformation officially began in 1517 when Martin Luther challenged the Roman Church on the matter of Indulgences. While Luther had no idea of the impact this would make on the German society and the world, this event changed the course of history. It was a revival of Biblical and New Testament theology. In northern and central Europe, reformers like Martin Luther, John Calvin and Henry VIII challenged papal authority. Also they questioned the Catholic Church's ability to define Christian practice. They argued for a religious and political redistribution of power into the hands of Bible- and pamphlet-reading pastors and princes. The disruption triggered wars, persecutions and the so-called Counter-Reformation, the Catholic Church's delayed but forceful response to the Protestants.
Was Luther a revolutionary or a conservative?
In the early 16th century, increasing corruption within the Catholic Church lead people to seek out change, and the result was the Protestant Reformation. This movement was based on the question “What must be done to ensure salvation?” Martin Luther, perhaps the most famous of all Protestant reformers found an answer to this question that didn’t fit the traditional teachings of the Catholic Church. It has become a common argument whether Luther was a conservative or a revolutionary, but some think he was both. It can be argued that through his beliefs, reformed religion, and writings, Martin Luther was a revolutionary in the sense that he was going against the Catholic Church; but because of the fact that his values of a simple, classical, ancient scripture based religion which focused on the roots of true Christianity, and in comparison to other protestant reformers who were much more radical in their religious movements, Luther was also very conservative at the same...