Protestants and Catholics had very different ideas about religion. Their different ideas are compared below
During the period 1500-1700 Protestants could practice their religion freely during the following dates:
Churches should be plain, not decorated, so that people can concentrate on what the minister is saying.
Church services should be in English so that everyone can understand them.
We believe that God is omnipotent (all-powerful) and everywhere.
Everyone should be able to read the Bible for themselves. It should therefore be available in English.
People are sinful. Sins can only be forgiven by God and Jesus.
Priests are ordinary people, they do not have the power to turn bread and wine into the body and blood of Jesus.
Priests should wear plain clothing.
Priests should speak in English
Priests should be allowed to get married.
Priests should be punished if they break the law.
During the period 1500-1700 Catholics could practice their religion freely during the following dates:
Churches should elaborately decorated to show God's glory. Decorations should include paintings and statues of Jesus and the saints, candles, gold and jewels.
Church services should be in Latin. They have always been in Latin and help the church to keep control over the people.
People need a priest to help them find God.
People should not be able to read the Bible for themselves. It should only be available in Latin and it should be read to them in Latin by priests.
People are sinful. Sins can be forgiven by praying or paying money to the church.
Priests are divine beings that have the power to turn bread and wine into the body and blood of Jesus.
Priests should wear rich, elaborate clothing.
Priests should speak in Latin
Priests should not get married, they are married to the church.
Priests should not be subject to the law of the land only church laws.
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