World History Honors
1550-1800 Roman Catholic Reformation and the Age of Absolutism
The Reformation was an era of great religious ferment and change. The Reformation began on October 31, 1517, when German monk Saint Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany. Science started to question Religion and its beliefs. The Age of Enlightenment also had the same effect by questions religion beliefs with humanism. The Enlightenment produced the first modern secularized theories of psychology and ethics. This led to a reaction of the Church and them trying to lead their own reformation, the Roman Counter Reformation. With the Church slowly downgrading the monarchies became stronger. They built up wealth and gathered power because of the Scientific Revolution and the Age of Enlightenment.
To begin with, the Scientific Revolution was periods of time where junk science and religion were pushed to be proved incorrect and more scientific answers were given to take the place of the idea or policy. Religion, mostly the Bible, was being proven incorrect and more believable and acceptable answers were given instead. The Protestant Reformation which started with Martin Luther nailing the 95 theses on Church doors also committed to the spark of the Roman Catholic Reformation. Scientific observers were surprised to find that their conclusions did not always match up with the accepted truths, and this finding inspired others to delve further into the study of the world around them. Under constant heat the Church took a stand and took away their unfair indulgences; however, did not support any scientific beliefs that proved the Bible wrong.
Furthermore, during the Renaissance this doctrinal passivity began to change. This made scientists hungry to try and understand the natural world and give reasonable explanations for everything. One major change due to the Enlightenment and the Scientific...
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