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However, none can match Christianity for sheer numbers.
There are approximately 41,000 different denominations of Christianity.
This is not surprising, as Leo was a member of the wealthy Medici banking family, which dominated Florence. Leo's solution was to begin offering indulgences in exchange for donations to the Basilica's renovation.
While these donations technically counted as pious works, Luther saw them as simple payment.You can think of an indulgence as a 'get out of hell free' card.The church had been in the practice of granting indulgences in exchange for good works and acts of piety for centuries, ever since Pope Urban II offered indulgences to Crusaders in 1095.They were just fighting over who would be at its head.No one who challenged the supremacy of the Roman Catholic Church was allowed to draw breath for long.Anyone who tried to start their own church, or come up with their own take on Christianity, was labeled a heretic.Their property was seized, and they and their followers died in the most horrible manner available at the time.The posting of the 95 Theses is considered by many the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.However, it is important to remember that Luther was not trying to undermine the Church.Plus, get practice tests, quizzes, and personalized coaching to help you succeed.Try it risk-free This lesson covers the start of the Protestant Reformation.