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Chapter Assessment Internet Activity

Want to show what you know? Use the Internet and the preselected Web sites provided below to gather additional information, broaden your knowledge, and complete the end-of-chapter Internet activity.

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Church Response to the Reformation

During the late 20th century, both Protestants and Catholics made delayed responses to the Reformation. In the 1960s, the Catholic Church held a council called Vatican II to promote additional reforms. In 1997, several U.S. Protestant denominations signed a document agreeing to form closer ties with one another.

Work with a team to create a poster that explains one of these developments and how it is a response to the Reformation. Use the Internet, news magazines, encyclopedias, or books to research the topic. Look for specific information about what was decided during Vatican II or in the Protestant agreement.

  • In your group, decide what are the most important points about Vatican II or the Protestant agreement. Discuss how these points either carry on or undo the work of the Reformation.
  • Display your information on poster. You may convey the information in either a written or an illustrated form, as long as it is clear and accurate.

Vatican Council, Second http://www.encyclopedia.com/ topic/ Second_Vatican_Council.aspx
Brief encyclopedia article on the 1962–1965 Vatican II Council convened to consider the spiritual renewal of the church and its position in the modern world.

Vactican Council II Documents http://www.cin.org/ vatiidoc.html
Copies of the various documents introduced by Vatican II.