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Ch 31: The Reformation of the Catholic Church

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Use these lessons to refresh your knowledge of changes in the Catholic church and the birth of Protestantism. Study Martin Luther's 95 Theses, the creation of the Anglican Church and the Council of Trent.

The Reformation of the Catholic Church - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter look at changes in European Christianity during the Reformation period. Our instructors will discuss the state of the Catholic Church prior to the Reformation and the reforms proposed by Martin Luther. You'll see how Protestantism started and track its growth. Another lesson examines the changes in religion brought about by Henry VIII.

You will explore how the Catholic Church changed after the Reformation, and examine Protestant influence on society. After watching all these lessons, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the beliefs and practices of the Catholic Church prior to the Reformation
  • Explain what Martin Luther asked for in his 95 Theses
  • Describe how the Protestant movement spread across Europe
  • Show how Henry VIII created the Church of England
  • Analyze Tycho Brahe and Copernicus' ideas on the universe
  • Talk about what the Council of Trent did
  • Examine Europe post-Reformation
  • Name some ways the Reformation changed the Catholic Church

These short, entertaining lessons are accompanied by multiple-choice quizzes that let your assess your knowledge. They're available anytime, on a computer or mobile device. You are encouraged to contact the instructor if you have additional questions.

9 Lessons in Chapter 31: The Reformation of the Catholic Church
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The Rise of the Vernacular and the Decline of Latin

1. The Rise of the Vernacular and the Decline of Latin

At the height of the Roman Empire, Latin was spread throughout Europe until the fall of the Roman Empire. Learn about the Roman Empire's role in spreading Latin throughout Europe, the introduction of vernacular languages and romance languages, and why Latin began to decline during the Dark Ages.

The Catholic Church Before the Reformation: Beliefs and Practices

2. The Catholic Church Before the Reformation: Beliefs and Practices

Prior to the Protestant Reformation in the year 1500, the Roman Catholic Church dominated the beliefs and practices of the vast majority of Christians. Explore how the Catholic Church exerted its dominance over the followers of Jesus Christ.

Martin Luther, the 95 Theses and the Birth of the Protestant Reformation

3. Martin Luther, the 95 Theses and the Birth of the Protestant Reformation

In 1517, Martin Luther, who believed salvation could not be purchased from the Catholic Church, but rather was earned by faith alone, published his '95 Theses' explaining why. Explore Luther's challenge to the Holy Roman Empire and the subsequent establishment of his own church in 1526.

The Spread of the Protestant Reformation Across Europe

4. The Spread of the Protestant Reformation Across Europe

Martin Luther, displeased with the Catholic church, started the spread of Protestant reformation across Europe in the 16th century. Learn how and why the Protestant reformation began and how it spread across Europe.

Henry VIII: The Anglican Church

5. Henry VIII: The Anglican Church

Henry VIII was the first king to successfully free England from the overbearing power of the Pope and established the Anglican Church. Learn more about the conflicts the kings of England - as well as English statesman Thomas Cromwell - had with the Pope, laws they changed to undermine the power of the Catholic Church, and compare the Church of England to the Roman Catholic Church.

Tycho Brahe and Copernicus Take On the Known Universe

6. Tycho Brahe and Copernicus Take On the Known Universe

Until the sixteenth century, the leading theory on the structure of the universe was Ptolemy's Earth-centric model. This lesson delves into the new theories posited by Copernicus and Brahe that radically challenged this perception and led to our current understanding of the Solar System.

The Council of Trent: The Catholic Church Survives the Reformation

7. The Council of Trent: The Catholic Church Survives the Reformation

The Council of Trent convened to address the exodus of people from the Catholic Church during the Protestant Reformation. Explore the Council of Trent, religious orders, and the counter-Reformation. Understand how the Catholic Church survived the Reformation.

Life After the Reformation & Protestant Influence on Society

8. Life After the Reformation & Protestant Influence on Society

The Protestant Reformation was a significant movement that led to many societal changes in Europe, including an exodus of many people from the Catholic Church. Learn about life in Europe after the Reformation and explore the Protestant influence on society, including its impact on education and family life.

The Reformers & the Catholic Church: How Religious Beliefs Transformed During the Reformation

9. The Reformers & the Catholic Church: How Religious Beliefs Transformed During the Reformation

The Protestant Reformation and Counter-Reformation challenged the Catholic Church's beliefs and positions. Learn about the Reformers and their relationship to the Catholic Church. Explore Protestant beliefs and understand how religious beliefs transformed during the Reformation.

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