During the Middle Ages, (1500s) there was a time of Reformation within the Catholic church. This occurrence happened when a man by the name of Martin Luther, survived a near miss of lightning. This sudden turn of events of lead Martin Luther to join a religion as it he took this as a sign from God.
Once joining a German Monastery , Luther continued to extend his journey through to the Catholic church to find out what God meant by his "sign". He begun to study the Bible and analyse the Catholic church and its teachings. Luther's knowledge on the Church soon created a revelation upon the Church, causing the Reformation to occur.
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Upon discovering the corruption within the Church during a time of such chaos, Luther took it upon himself to write himself against the branch of the church during a meeting known as the "Diet of Worms". Protesting against the selling of indulgence tickets to persons affected by the Black Plaque, Luther was excommunicated from the Church for his lack of faith and loyalty towards his religion
This lead to a series of significant changes within the Church and society. Luther, on the 31st of October, 1717, nailed a 95 Thesis explaining and exposing the corruption the Church held. He nailed it publicly on the doors of Wittenburg Church, Saxony.Luther's actions soon spread across the whole of Europe. Martin Luther translating the Bible to German allowed many individuals to recognise the corruption. Scientific advances and printing press also helped influence people discover this corruption.
All these advances from the Renaissance contributed to the support surrounding Luther's protest against the Church's actions. Many others such as John Calvin and King Henry the VIII rose against the Church as well, formally becoming known as Protestants or Heretics. Reform was called upon the Church and development of new religions rose.