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The 1500s: The Protestant Reformation

What was the Protestant Reformation?

For centuries, the Church was ruled by the papacy in Rome. By the sixteenth century, however, some Christians were frustrated by the rites and rituals that were not biblically based, such as papal indulgences (papal claims that forgiveness of sins could be purchased). The Christians who disliked the status quo and fought to change became protesters—hence the name Protestant. Also, those seeking reform sought to get back to the original sources of the Bible. They were concerned that centuries of translations had muddied the ideas in the Bible.


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