Reform movements

The religious world, according to Luther, should be more spiritual and less worldly. Luther's basic premise was that religion should always be criticizing those who are attached to worldly things and earthly power. Many other efforts at reform, frequently with separating tendencies, followed Luther's lead. Ulrich Zwingli (1484-1531), Guillaume Farel (1489-1565), Martin Buc-er (1491-1551), and John Calvin (1509-64) all preached reform and eventually separated from the Roman Church. Even Roman Catholicism itself began to seek reform from within.

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