The Catholic church controlled europe for many years until the 16th century, when some men discovered the false teachings of the Catholic church, and decided not to let it go on but instead to stand up and fight against it, and make a change.
Some people before the actual reformation started noticed the false teachings of the Catholic church but never really took action. This went on for some time until 1517, when a man named Martin Luthur published the ninety-five theses of the issues of the church, on a church door in Wittenberg, Germany. This was the jump start of this movement.
The Reformation Spread
Many people were very interested and moved by Luthur’s teachings, and began following his belief, soon the reformation had spread all over Germany, the reformation kept growing bigger and spread to different countries all over Europe, these countries included France, England, Italy, Poland, and etc.
The reformers beliefs were put together into five latin phrases.
- Sola Scriptura- ‘Scripture Alone’
- Sola Fide- ‘Faith Alone’
- Sola Gratia- ‘Grace Alone’
- Sola Christus -’Through Christ Alone’
- Sola Deo gloria-’To God Alone Be The Glory’
The Reaction From the Catholics
The Catholics of course were not very pleased with this movement, so they tried to hire people to get rid of the reformers. This did not work since the reformers were strong in their belief, and did not give up.
The end of the reformation in 1648 after a peace treaty.