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The Protestant Reformation
An overview of Martin Luther's Protestant Reformation.
# 119088 | 1,171 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Mar 31, 2010 in History (Religion) , History (European - 16th Century)

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The paper relates that Martin Luther, who had been exposed to scholastic debates, was discomforted by the attitude of the Catholic church and instituted Lutheranism which took Germany by storm. The paper then discusses the idea that the popularity of Protestantism was directly proportional to the increase of that country's wealth. The paper also explains how the Protestant Reformation influenced economic changes and helped create one of the biggest social revolutions of the era. The paper further discusses how Calvinist capitalism and Anabaptist communism illustrate the changes which took place in Europe because of this Reformation.

From the Paper:

"The Protestant Reformation began in 1517, instigated by one man: a German monk named Martin Luther. The sixteenth century in Europe was a time of momentous change in the way that people saw the world, a time of great literature, art and scientific discovery commonly referred to as the Renaissance; the following centuries would all develop on the themes created in this period: "The Renaissance unleashed the very powerful notion that man makes his own history" (Kreis, 2002). Man, and the idea of mankind, was at the center of the Renaissance, and sixteenth century readers could become educated in philosophy (Erasmus), politics (Machiavelli), and hermeticism (Pico). The Renaissance not only brought these things together, but for the first time, people on different levels of society could read and understand philosophical and religious tracts."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Kreis, Steven "Lecture 3: The Protestant Reformation" (2002) retrieved 02/24/2008 from
  • Weber, Max The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism online edition retrieved 02/24/2008 from

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