CCOT Early Modern Era Essay

During the Early Modern Period the world was experiencing many changes, some of which included religion.

There were many changes in religion in Western Europe during the Early Modern Period (1450-1750) including changes in the Roman Catholic Church, due to the Protestant Reformation, and the creation of the Church of England; however, a constant throughout this period was the fact that Western Europe remained predominately Christian. At the beginning of the Early Modern Era most of Western Europe was Roman Catholic, however towards the middle of this era this changed.A Roman Catholic Priest named Martin Luther nailed a list of 95 to the door of his church. Some of his disagreements included: services should be held in the vernacular, not Latin, and that the sale of indulgences was wrong.

Due to the newly developed printing press, Luther’s ideas spread quickly throughout Europe and eventually causing the unified Catholic Church to split. By the end of this time period there were now multiple branches of Christianity throughout Europe as a reaction to the Protestant Reformation. These branches can be seen in America which was brought there by the people of these western European countries.

Another change in this time period was the development of the Church of England (Anglican Church). At the beginning of the time period King Henry VIII wanted an annulment from his wife, however the Pope, leader of the Catholic Church, would not allow it, so around the middle of the era King Henry VIII decided to break away from the Catholic Church and start his own, the Church of England. In this new church, King Henry VIII was the head of church and not the Pope.

By the end of this time period England had gone through many religion changes as different kings came into power.One constant in this time period is that Western Europe remained predominately Christian. Although they were divided into multiple branches of Christianity, Western Europe was always devoted to the religion and followed its core values. These things did not change in this time period. Although there were many changes in religion in the Early Modern Era (1450-1750), including the Protestant Reformation and the introduction of the Church of England, one thing remained the same, the fact that they were always predominately Christian.