Indulgences were payments that people provided to the Catholic Church that gave them an exception from punishments for certain sins.
Indulgences will free you of your sins!
I know what I can do. I will write 95 theses!
The Catholic Church is taking advantage of people to satisfy their own selfish needs!
That Martin Luther is bringing people away from the church! We are losing money and our reputation!
The Church is corrupt! We will not pay our taxes towards you! Apologize to us!
Calvinism, Anglicanism, and Lutheranism were all based on Martin Luther's beliefs and ideas. He believed the Bible is the only reliable guide from God and had the final interpretation and that salvation is reached through a strong faith and not good deeds.
Protestants began to form different types of religions as people were breaking away from the Catholic Church.