The great religious revolution called the Reformation broke out in 1517, but it is necessary to go back at least one hundred years to understand what caused it. The Reformation is often seen as a response to the corruption found in the Roman Catholic Church, and while this is true to a degree, the real roots of the Reformation are grounded the Church’s official sanction of said corruption. Which is altogether an entirely different matter.
For all its ideals, piety, and art, Catholicism differed from the New Testament in doctrine, morals, and administration. Most men and women of conscience realized this, and called with increasing urgency for "reform in head and members". Some — such as Jan Hus, the Bohemian disciple of John Wycliffe — would not wait for Rome to reform herself, but separated from the unity of the Roman Catholic church for the honor of Christ and his gospel.
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