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Protestant Reformation

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In the 16th century the Protestant Reformation divided the Roman Catholic

Church.   This reform was led by Martin Luther whose original intentions

were to reform the church, but resulted in a split between Protestant and

Catholic.   Soon the Protestant Church itself divided resulting in two more

churches, one Protestant, and the other reformed church.   The Reformed

Church is better known as Presbyterian, whose conspicuous leader was John


John Calvin had many beliefs which had been adopted by the

Presbyterian Church.   His ideas were modified from those in the Catholic

Church.   Presbyterians do believe in the Trinity as Catholics do but

differ from Catholicism when dealing with ideas like original sin,

salvation, and the idea of penance.   Presbyterians believe that original

sin is rooted in faithlessness which brought man to fall.   The idea of

salvation to Presbyterians is that salvation is reached through the grace

of God, rooted in the deep faith of a person.   Catholics believe in

penance for sins through reconciliation.   Presbyterians believe that

penance is dealt with directly with God.   Ultimately, Presbyterians

believe that God’s truth was and is embodied in Jesus Christ, Lord, and


One of Calvin’s beliefs included that of which God is God of state

and nation and the state must be guided by his word.   This idea is

embodied in the idea of civil government.   The Presbyterian government was

originally formen when John Calvin was in Geneva.   In a Presbyterian form

of government there are four different officers.   There are pastors,

teachers, 12 elected elders, and deacons.   The elders are seen to be equal

to the clergy.   Through this government the Presbyterian belief in total

life of the community is displayed and put into practice.  



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