Essay about Protestant Reformation
STUDENT ID# 23766838
DR. KEITH GOAD
NOVEMBER 05, 2013
As a result of increased corruption in the Catholic Church, a significant number of priests in the 16th century tried to transform Christianity back to its previous Biblical basis and simplicity. Initially, priests channeled much of their efforts in reforming the church, but they discovered that it was very challenging, and the only viable solution was to split completely from the Catholic Church. There were four movements as a result of the reformation events. They include the Anglicans, Lutherans, Reformed Tradition (Calvin), and the Anabaptists. Key figures in the …show more content…
Anglicanism was formed as a result of the political war between Henry VIII (1491-1547), the English King, and the papacy. The King’s urge to divorce his wife, Catherine of Aragon, and the need for an heir led to the declaration of Henry in 1534 as England’s Head of the Church. The concerns of Henry’s were more secular than spiritual. He was also not considered a true Protestant as a result of him holding on to the fundamentals of Roman Catholicism. His primary purpose in the Church was to strengthen the position of England in Europe’s’ power structure. As a consequence, the Episcopal Church is more similar in practice, governance, and theology to the Roman Church than the Protestant Church in which the King was greatly linked with. However, the majority of scholars who surrounded Henry were genuine in their spiritual questioning. They also adhered to Luther’s teachings.
Ulrich Zwingli (1484-1531)
He was the