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Who would you like to send this to? Optional message. Altmetric attention score. Loading metrics Abstract views Abstract views reflect the number of visits to the article landing page. The papal imperative was "do penance" as translated in the Vulgate rather than "be penitent," or "repent," as Jesus commanded. Biblical and historical study by the Protestant forerunners led them to question papal claims to apostolic authority as head of the church. For example, the Reformers concluded that the rock on which the church was built Matt.
Though the Protestants initially were willing to accept a Reformed papacy that would honorably serve the church, the cruel opposition of the popes to reform eventually persuaded many of them to regard the pope of Rome as Antichrist cf. Westminster Confession of Faith, Protestants taught that the Roman Catholic Church held Scripture captive, withholding it from the laypeople and thus keeping them in bondage to church councils, bishops, schoolmen, canonists, and allegorists for interpretation.
The Protestants worked hard to deliver the Bible from this hierarchical captivity. As Malcolm Watts writes:. The Church of Rome degraded the Holy Scriptures by alloying the purity of the Canon with her apocryphal additions, by supplementing the inspired records with an enormous mass of spurious traditions, by admitting only that interpretation which is according to "the unanimous consent of the Fathers" and "the Holy Mother Church," and, particularly by diminishing the role of preaching as their "priests" busied themselves with miraculous stories about Mary, the saints and the images, and magnified the importance of the Mass, with its elaborate and multiplied ceremonies and rituals.
It was thus that preaching deteriorated and, in fact, almost disappeared. Protestants opposed the Roman Catholic concept of the superiority of the so-called religious life. They did not believe that monasticism was the only way to spirituality or even the best way. By stressing the priesthood of all believers, they worked hard to eliminate the Roman Catholic distinction between the "inferior" life of the Christian involved in a secular calling and the "higher" religious world of monks and nuns. Protestants also rejected the Roman Catholic ideas of mediation by Mary and the intercession of saints, as well as the automatic transfusion of grace in the sacraments.
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They opposed all forms of mediation with God except through Christ. Protestants rejected the ideas of Semi-Pelagianism, which says that both grace and works are necessary for salvation. This theological difference was at the heart of Protestant opposition to Roman Catholicism, though it was largely through moral and practical corruption that the issue came to the fore.
The Protestant response to Roman Catholic abuses gradually settled into five Reformation watchwords or battle cries, centered on the Latin word solus, meaning "alone. The first of these battle cries deals with the fundamental issue of authority, the middle three deal with the basics of salvation, and the final one addresses worship. In early Protestantism, both Lutheran and Reformed believers embraced these five watchwords. This was not only because of the presence of Calvin, but also because the seminary Calvin established sought to train and educate Reformers for all of Western Europe.
Calvin himself preferred Reformed because he was opposed to having the movement called by his name.
The Reformed movement then spread to Germany. The city of Heidelberg, where the Heidelberg Catechism originated, became an influential center of Reformed thinking. Nonetheless, much of Germany remained staunchly Lutheran. Calvinism also took hold in Hungary, 16 Poland , and the Low Countries, particularly the Netherlands, where it penetrated the southern regions about and the northern about But Dutch Calvinism did not flower profusely until the seventeenth century, cultivated by the famous international Synod of Dort in — and fortified by the Dutch Further Reformation De Nadere Reformatie , a primarily seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century movement paralleling English Puritanism.
The Reformed movement also made substantial inroads into France. In fact, this 20 percent included half of the aristocracy and middle class in France. For a while, it seemed that France might officially embrace the Reformed faith. But Roman Catholic persecution and civil war halted the spread of Reformed teaching. In some ways, the French Reformed movement has never recovered from this blow of persecution and attack in the sixteenth century.
The Reformation spread rapidly to Scotland, largely under the leadership of John Knox — , who served nineteen months as a galley slave before he went to England and then to Geneva. In ensuing generations, many Scots became stalwart Calvinists, as did many of the Irish and the Welsh. In England, Henry VIII — rebelled against papal rule so that he could legally divorce, remarry, and hopefully produce a male heir. All of this seemed to be reversed during the bloody reign of Mary Tudor — , who reinstated the Latin Mass and enforced papal allegiance at the cost of nearly three hundred Protestant lives.
But the blood of those martyrs, including Cranmer, was to be the seed of the Protestant cause in England. Elizabeth, however, was content with the climate of British Protestantism and strove to subdue dissident voices. Those who fought too much for reform in matters of worship, godliness, politics, and culture were persecuted and deprived of their livings. Puritanism lasted from the s to the early s. The Puritans believed the Church of England had not gone far enough in its reformation, because its worship and government did not agree fully with the pattern found in Scripture.
Above all, they called for greater purity or holiness of life among Christians. Packer has said, "Puritanism was an evangelical holiness movement seeking to implement its vision of spiritual renewal, national and personal, in the church, the state, and the home; in education, evangelism, and economics; in individual discipleship and devotion, and in pastoral care and competence. Presbyterians, Episcopalians, and Congregationalists were all part of the Calvinist movement.
They became known as separatists or dissenters and usually formed Congregationalist churches. Puritan conformists remained within the Anglican fold. Eventually, Calvinism crossed the Atlantic to the British colonies in North America, where the New England Puritans took the lead in expounding Reformed theology and in founding ecclesiastical, educational, and political institutions. As John Gerstner observes, " New England, from the founding of Plymouth in to the end of the 18th century, was predominantly Calvinistic. Four more streams of immigrants brought Calvinism to America.
Dutch Reformed believers, from the s, were responsible for the settlement of New Netherlands, later called New York. The French Huguenots arrived by the thousands in New York, Virginia, and the Carolinas in the late seventeenth century.
From to , more than two hundred thousand Germans, many of whom were Reformed, settled mostly in the Middle Colonies. The final stream was the Scots and the Scotch-Irish, all Presbyterians. Roman Catholicism was tenth and Methodism was twelfth in size.