Others that broke off from the Roman Catholic Church include John Calvin and Ulrich Zwingli and even England’s King, Henry VIII. Each questioned the practices of The Church uniquely to their own beliefs. Some of them shared similar spiritual theories, others vastly differed. After translating The Bible into German, Martin Luther paved the way for Lutheranism. Luther believed that one must not repent their sins by payment or indulgences.
The sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation was inspired by Martin Luther. Martin Luther is a reformer and also a priest and professor of theology who, after studying the Bible led him to challenge the Roman Catholic Church. Martin Luther along with a few followers argued that religious leaders were not following the traditions of the Bible and Christian faith; for that reason, should be judged. This argument between Martin Luther and the Roman Catholic Church changed the tone in Catholic Europe. Martin Luther was determined to distinguish the difference between Protestant denominations and Roman Catholicism.
Can the Catholic Church be defeated? Martin Luther was summoned to appear before Emperor Charles of the Holy Roman Empire as well as the clergy to defend himself against the charge of heresy in Worms in 1521. Here was his moment, he knew he could not reform the Church but he could tell the truth. His truth was that he only believed God was before him and the Word of God was the only truth or law he had before him. Luther was excommunicated from the Catholic Church although it is very surprising to me that he was not put to death.
Martin Luther almost single handedly lead the Protestant Reformation with his 95 Theses. A strict father who most likely did not accept “no” as an answer raised Martin Luther. Martin Luther turned out to follow in his footsteps in his fervor to change how a church teaches and practices Christianity. While the pope and the Catholic Church shunned Luther he took that time to create something that would be the foundation for the founding fathers and the empire that the United States would become. After studying the work of Augustine, Luther used his basic ideas to help form how he thought Christianity should be practiced.
It was centered around two central beliefs that the Bible should be and is the central religious authority and that humans may reach salvation only faith and not by works. Martin Luther has had these feelings about these practices for awhile but chose the 95 Theses to start his religious reformation. Resulting from that, this started the division of the Catholic Church, and Luther’s ideas created the religion of Protestantism later resulting in Lutheranism. The 95 Theses and his other writings changed religious and cultural history in the Western hemisphere. His refusal to renounce all of his writings at the demand of Pope Leo X in 1520 and the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms in 1521 resulted in his excommunication by the Pope.
John Calvin was born in 1509 and died in 1564. Calvin had similar beliefs as Luther did, yet his ideas advanced into Calvinism (Christian Theology). The start of this was Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion being his promulgation of his theology. The methods of Martin Luther in the reform were revolutionary. He stood for justice and rights of the people of God.
Emily Cavanaugh Tunstead Social Studies 9 March 10, 2014 Martin Luther: The Protestant Reformation According to Martin Luther, "every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying." Martin changed the way people viewed their religion and the churches. He believed in the separation of church and state, he also believed people could ask for forgiveness from God themselves. Furthermore, he thought the church couldn’t forgive your sins; it was only God who could. While overall, starting the Protestant Reformation.
By doing this, Luther was challenging the Church’s teachings and views about indulgences. Many people listened to Luther and his explanation as to why the purchase of indulgences was wrong. Other points Luther makes in his 95 Theses are that the Pope has no power over Purgatory and that buying indulgences gives people false hope and a false sense of security. In 1517, he nailed his famous 95 Theses to the doors of the church in Wittenberg, Germany. In the 95 Theses, Luther questions the Church and proposes a debate.
The Reformation also known as the protestant reformation occurred in 16th century and was pioneered by Martin Luther, and was continued by John Calvin and other protestant reformers. The initiation was the publishing of Luther’s 95 theses condemning the church for the sale of indulgences, making penance and indulgences a key issue leading to the reformation. This was because the reformers viewed indulgences and penance not of the authority of the Church and distancing the people from God by encouraging sin. The major argument of the reformation was that the Church and Pope did not hold the authority that was said they held, and that there was corruption in Rome. The development of the printing press was significant in the development of the
In his 95 Thesis he established that salvation is within oneself and that individual faith in God is very important . But the church did not see it that way. The church believed that the only way to atone for your sins were through indulgences. Indulgences were paying for the removal of your sins. Martin Luther was later excommunicated from the church.