Reformation and Renaissance

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TO WHAT EXTENT WOULD YOU ARGUE THAT THE REFORMATION WAS ADIRECT OUTCOME OF THE RENAISSANCE? GROUP 9 Renaissance is a very strong movement that awakened Europe to a new interest in literature, art, science and the change from medieval to modern aims and methods of thought. At the dawn of renaissance the people’s attitudes, thinking and actions were no longer influenced by the church. This led to the uncontrollable behaviour which prompted some church leaders and humanists to advocate for the reforms. This write up is an assessment of whether the reformation was a direct outcome of renaissance in Europe. However, this essay is of the view that the reformation was a direct outcome of renaissance. The Reformation could not have occurred without monumental crisis of the medieval church 1during the renaissance papacy. It was a period of darkness concerning the teachings of the Bible. Most of the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church were dogma that could not be challenged or refused by Christians of the middle ages. And as it were, those teachings which forced down the throats of the people. Between 1170 and 1498 AD the glimpse of religious light began to shoot over the age, foretokens of the coming of the reformation. Before these tokens the papacy office became more involved in politics, they claimed to be more superior to the kings. The major concern was money in the Roman Catholic Church. There were also common evils like superstitions and simony. Simony was the act of selling the spiritual things, and this simony is derived from the Bible sorcerer ‘Simon Magus’ who attempted to buy spiritual powers from Apostle Peter. Simony included nepotism, pluralism and absenteeism which involved cash. A newly appointed bishop had to surrender his first year’s salary or income to the Pope, 10,000 gulden for his pallium, a piece of ermine fur which was placed as a cloak around his
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