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Church Problems Leading to Protestant Reformation

What were the principal problems within the church that contributed to the Protestant Reformation? Why was the church unable to suppress dissent as it had earlier?

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1. What were the principal problems within the church, which contributed to the Protestant Reformation? Why was the church unable to suppress dissent as it had earlier?

The Protestant Reformation actually forced people to make a choice between being Catholic or Protestant.

The principle problems within the Church that contributed to the Protestant Reformation were:

· First, devout Christians were finding the Church's growing emphasis on rituals unhelpful in their quest for personal salvation. It was shift from salvation of whole groups of people, to something more personal and individual. The sacraments had become forms of ritualized behavior that no longer "spoke" to the people of Europe. They had become devoid of meaning. And since more people were congregating in towns and cities, they could observe for themselves and more important, discuss their concerns with others.

· Second, the papacy had lost much of its spiritual influence over its people because of the increasing tendency toward secularization. In other words, popes and bishops were acting more like kings and princes than they were the spiritual guides of European men and women.

· Third, people ...

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This solution discusses the principal problems within the church that contributed to the Protestant Reformation, and reasons why the church was unable to suppress dissent as it had earlier.

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