The Reformation Notes by Dr. Honora M. Finkelstein   Developing at the same time as the Renaissance was a rebellion against the power and authority of the Roman Catholic Church. This finally broke out in the early 1500s in Germany, Switzerland, and England as the Protestant Reformation. There were four major causes of the Reformation: Corruption in the Roman Catholic Church, particularly surrounding the idea of selling indulgences, church offices, and fake relics of saints, and the lack of celibacy in the clergy; The rise of sovereign states, and their desire not to have to bow to a central religious authority; The decay of Medieval thought, particularly in the light of the renewed popularity of Classical philosophy; and The renewed interest in Humanism, and in the idealistic hope for humans to be able to better themselves. Made with Xara Website by Susan Smily