The new protestant minority were called the huguenots about forty percent of the nobility also converted, though one of their motivations was to make trouble for the monarchy, which was trying to unify france religiously under the crown the protestant reformation began late in france because the monarchy had little to gain from sponsoring reforms. The reformation gave rise to all forms of protestant christianity outside the established church — or what we now call the roman catholic church — including lutheran, baptist, presbyterian, methodist, united church of christ, reformed, all forms of evangelical fundamentalism, and mormonism. The reformation (or, more fully, the protestant reformation also, the european reformation) was a schism in western christianity initiated by martin luther and continued by huldrych zwingli, john calvin and other protestant reformers in 16th-century europe.
In 1517, the german monk and theologian martin luther challenged catholicism and its influence on europe luther attacked the sale of indulgences, certificates sold to the faithful and intended to limit the time the dead spent in purgatory but luther's real challenge to the church was his new understanding of salvation.
Lutheranism would have some impact on the development of american history, but far more important were the efforts of the reformers of the reform movement ideas set forth by john calvin , a french theologian living in geneva, were particularly influential.
The united states was founded on many principles, such as the right to liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and the freedom of religion named martin luther (november 10, 1483 – february 18, 1546) luther fueled the protestant reformation during the time when european powers were starting to colonize america the whole notion of leaving.
The reformation: the luther effect goes global the protestant empire westward the course of empire takes its way, a mural by emanuel gottlieb leutze on display in the united states capitol building, shows american pioneers reaching the rocky mountains as they head west below them is a panorama of the pristine san francisco bay is the distance.