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Most scholars date the reformation from Luther’s 1517 publishing of The Ninety-Five Theses to the 1648 Treaty of Westphalia.
  a series of Christian efforts to reform the Catholic Church which led to major protestant denominations separate than the Catholic Church
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Many western Catholics were troubled by what they saw as false doctrines and malpractices within the Church, particularly involving the teaching and sale of indulgences. Another major contention was the practice of buying and selling church positions (simony) and what was seen at the time as considerable corruption within the Church’s hierarchy. This corruption was seen by many at the time as systemic, even reaching the position of the Pope. (retrieved 9/25/08)
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  • Most scholars date the reformation from Luther’s 1517 publishing of The Ninety-Five Theses to the 1648 Treaty of Westphalia.
  • Unlike most involved in the Reformation, Luther argued that free will was the central issue.
  • The Renaissance, the Reformation, the Enlightenment, and the Scientific Revolution were some of the major signposts on Western civilization’s road to modernity.
    Dinesh D’Souza  --  What’s So Great About America
  • "five seconds gained," while Willem read aloud from a history of the Dutch Reformation.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place

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  • We have gone through a pretense of truce and reformation, straight into deadlock.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • During the Reformation, theologians looked to the old Hebrew Bible.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • You are sure it is somewhere in your mind near the top—you saw it there the other day when you were looking up the beginnings of the Reformation.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • The Dutch Reformed Church, born in the Netherlands during the Reformation, had spread throughout Europe and around the world, and even eventually became the official religion of apartheid South Africa.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore
  • Reformation may be its cure; and I could reform — I have strength yet for that — if — but where is the use of thinking of it, hampered, burdened, cursed as I am?
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • This obscure family of ours was early in the Reformation, and continued Protestants through the reign of Queen Mary, when they were sometimes in danger of trouble on account of their zeal against popery.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

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  • Not until the Reformation in the sixteenth century was there any protest against the idea that people could only obtain salvation through the Church.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Historically their zeal stems not from the strength of the Catholic Church but from its weakness in the face of the Reformation.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • So that I may attribute all the changes of Religion in the world, to one and the some cause; and that is, unpleasing Priests; and those not onely amongst Catholiques , but even in that Church that hath presumed most of Reformation.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • I did not really know Captain Lemesurier at all intimately, but he was a pleasant young fellow, somewhat dreamy in manner, and I remembered hearing that he belonged to an old and exclusive family with a property in Northumberland which dated from before the Reformation.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • …the inquiries she was eager to make of Miss Tilney; but so active were her thoughts, that when these inquiries were answered, she was hardly more assured than before, of Northanger Abbey having been a richly endowed convent at the time of the Reformation, of its having fallen into the hands of an ancestor of the Tilneys on its dissolution, of a large portion of the ancient building still making a part of the present dwelling although the rest was decayed, or of its standing low in a…
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • "Yet bethink thee, reverend father," said Mont-Fitchet, "the stain hath become engrained by time and consuetude; let thy reformation be cautious, as it is just and wise."
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • —if that learned man would only talk, instead of allowing himself to be talked to by Mr. Brooke, who was just then informing him that the Reformation either meant something or it did not, that he himself was a Protestant to the core, but that Catholicism was a fact; and as to refusing an acre of your ground for a Romanist chapel, all men needed the bridle of religion, which, properly speaking, was the dread of a Hereafter.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • The Reformation opened the door a little wider.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Soon after the Reformation a few people came over into the new world for conscience sake.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • In brief, soldiers fought for the Spanish Counter-Reformation, for Napoleon, for Garibaldi—and now we have Prussian soldiers.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man; as Monachism, of the hermit Antony;[201] the Reformation, of Luther; Quakerism, of Fox;[202] Methodism, of Wesley;[203] Abolition, of Clarkson.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • He was very knowing about doctrines, and used to call ’cause the bulwarks of the Reformation; but I’ve always mistrusted that sort o’ learning as leaves folks foolish and unreasonable about business.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • You must make some reformation in that quarter.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • (2) The purification and reformation of oneself for its reception, and (3) The improvement of the human race by striving for such purification.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • But if a man reforms, doesn’t he deserve to have his reformation credited sooner or later?
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • This was the only country that the reformation never reached.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • He denounced Cal’s godlessness, demanded his reformation.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • He tried to impose his reformation by the sword, and plunged the civilized world into misery and chaos.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Hence, although I had now two characters as well as two appearances, one was wholly evil, and the other was still the old Henry Jekyll, that incongruous compound of whose reformation and improvement I had already learned to despair.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • I do not expect that you, who always rebelled against my just authority, exerted for your benefit and reformation, should owe me any good-will now.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • To do Dinah justice, she had, at irregular periods, paroxyms of reformation and arrangement, which she called "clarin’ up times," when she would begin with great zeal, and turn every drawer and closet wrong side outward, on to the floor or tables, and make the ordinary confusion seven-fold more confounded.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • That was the beginning of your reformation.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • In adopting this course, I am not casting off a guilty wife, but giving her a chance of amendment; and, indeed, difficult as the task will be to me, I shall devote part of my energies to her reformation and salvation.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • But after all, it was not an apparition, but a grave and pious gentleman, who met him by mere accident, and had been sensible of his wickedness; and who never undeceived him, lest it should hinder his reformation.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • The corpses of those old fitful passions which had lain inanimate amid the lines of his face ever since his reformation seemed to wake and come together as in a resurrection.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • She wanted more vigorous measures, a more complete reformation, a quicker release from debt, a much higher tone of indifference for everything but justice and equity.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • It is a reformation.
    Oscar Wilde  --  An Ideal Husband
  • But if I survive the duel, I will hide it away, and he will not know, and I will not tell him until he reforms, and I see that his reformation is going to be permanent.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • The reformation of our travell’d gallants, That fill the court with quarrels, talk, and tailors.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry VIII
  • He thirsted for that reformation and renewal.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • I sent my gentleman a short letter, therefore, that I had obeyed his orders in all things but that of going back to the Bath, which I could not think of for many reasons; that however parting from him was a wound to me that I could never recover, yet that I was fully satisfied his reflections were just, and would be very far from desiring to obstruct his reformation or repentance.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Moll Flanders
  • Not that he was so bitter as Thwackum; for he always expressed some hopes of Tom’s reformation; "which," he said, "the unparalleled goodness shown by his uncle on this occasion, must certainly effect in one not absolutely abandoned:" but concluded, "if Mr Jones ever offends hereafter, I shall not be able to say a syllable in his favour."
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • In short, how do you know that such a reformation will be a benefit to man?
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Notes from the Underground
  • A plague upon your reformation!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Earth’s Holocaust
    O. Henry  --  A Retrieved Reformation
  • As if the ripple at its widest desired to be verified by a reformation of itself, to be drawn in and drawn out through its point of origin.
    Seamus Heaney  --  Crediting Poetry
  • His musics, his trigon, his golden thigh, Or his telling how elements shift, but I Would ask, how of late thou best suffered translation, And shifted thy coat in these days of reformation.
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • The reformation was preceded by the discovery of America, as if the Almighty graciously meant to open a sanctuary to the Persecuted in future years, when home should afford neither friendship nor safety.
    Thomas Paine  --  Common Sense
  • (He extinguishes the candle) Very well then …. England needs an heir; certain measures, perhaps regrettable, perhaps not— (Pompous) there is much in the Church that needs reformation, Thomas— (MORE smiles) All right, regrettable!
    Robert Bolt  --  A Man for All Seasons
  • Had the Greeks, says the Abbe Milot, been as wise as they were courageous, they would have been admonished by experience of the necessity of a closer union, and would have availed themselves of the peace which followed their success against the Persian arms, to establish such a reformation.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
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