Christian Middle Ages Essay by Primo

Christian Middle Ages
A look at the turbulent times Christianity went through during this period with a focus on the rise and fall of the Papal power.
# 6366 | 2,045 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Feb 08, 2003 in Religion and Theology (Christianity)

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An examination of the various popes who ruled between the tenth and fifteenth centuries. The paper discusses the historical occurrences in the Christian world at the time of each ruling pope and examines how each individual Pope's decisions influenced the Church's reaction.

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"The period between the tenth and the fifteenth centuries, which roughly corresponds to the Christian Middle Ages, was a time of growth, reversals, and contradictions for Christianity and the Catholic Church. Papal power reached an all time high, only to face serious challenges and decline a few years later. "An impressive dead end," as one scholar states (Lapple 39). Externally, Western Christianity split from Eastern Christianity, and popes organized one Crusade after another in an attempt to wrest control of the Holy Land from the Muslims. Internally, the Western Church approved an Inquisition to route out heresy. The Church also spread vicious rumors about the Jews living in European countries. Scholasticism, the examination of faith by reason, warred with mysticism, the belief that faith must be felt rather than learned. The great wealth of the Catholic Church was criticized by some reformers, who wanted the church to emulate the financial poverty and spiritual wealth of Jesus. The end of this tumultuous period would find Christianity facing new challenges and options as the Catholic Church teetered on the verge of losing its monopoly over the hearts, souls, and perhaps even more importantly, the minds of its believers."

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