Martin Luther and the Break With Rome Martin Luther began as a simple Augustinian Friar in the Roman Catholic Church, the reigning power of Western Europe for hundreds of years, and he soon became the leader of the most important stand against the Catholic Church. I call Luther’s actions a stand rather than a revolt because he did not willingly mean to disrespect the entire church or even start a new denomination of Christianity, he was only trying to bring truth to it. Luther published writings such as The Ninety-five Theses, Address to the Christian Nobility of the German Nation and A Treatise on Christian Liberty, all which produced outrage in the Church for the fact that it blatantly accused the clerics, and especially the pope, of many wrong doings in their practice. Luther belonged to a church in Wittenburg, Germany and here he was a scholar as well as a priest. He, like many others, came to notice the corruption in the Church.
In Europe at the beginning of the 16th century, the Roman Catholic Church had become extremely powerful, but many felt that it had also become internally corrupt. In essence, many believed that the Renaissance popes were fraudulent because they no longer practiced Christianity due to the extravagant lives they were living. In the beginning of the 1500’s, educated Europeans began calling for a reformation, a change in the Church’s ways of teaching and practicing Christianity. Martin Luther, specifically, was highly influential in igniting the Protestant Reformation by challenging long-standing church traditions as well as new church policies. The Protestant Reformation was begun by Martin Luther, a German monk and Catholic friar.
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.
Lastly, Lutheranism did not view transubstantiation in the same way as with Catholicism. Though Lutheranism maintained the closest in practices of the Catholic Church, it was their abuses of those sacraments that swayed Luther to reform. His initial intention was not to d... ... middle of paper ... ...lief that Jesus Christ is the son of God and He died to atone for every man’s sins. The marked difference during reformation was doing away with the authority of The Roman Catholic Church. The Protestants did not have a Pope or Bishop as head of their church.
Comparing Martin Luther and John Calvin Martin Luther King and John Calvin were both very important leaders of the Protestant Reformation. Although they were both against the Roman Catholic Church, they brought about very different ideas in religion. Martin Luther founded the group that are today known as Lutherans. He was ordained a priest in 1507. He dealt with questions dealing with the structure of the church and with its moral values.
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 ideas of penance and indulgences contributed to the reformation through the farther of the reformation, Martin Luther. Martin Luther was a key player in the reformation as he turned his back on the Catholic church and developed his own doctrine with much support. He found little peace from penance and indulgences and struggled with God, which led to him breaking away from Catholic ideas and developed his own understanding of faith. Luther believed that salvation came from faith and trust in Christ alone and did not come from the Church. He stated that the church has no authority to pardon people’s sins and that the Pope had no authority over purgatory.
Melyssa Arner Scott Robinson Western Civilization II 18 February 2014 1. Analyze and evaluate the life of Martin Luther and his influence on the Reformation. Before bringing about the Reformation, Martin Luther started out his life in Saxony.He was raised by a strict father who wished for his son to become a lawyer. Instead of achieving this, Martin Luther, due to a promise to St. Anne, became a man of the cloth. Those above Luther’s station later enrolled him into the faculty of the university in Wittenburg.
From an early age Martin Luther was drawn to the ways of monastic life, but Luther’s father had other plans for his son. In 1505, Luther graduated as a young lawyer from the University of Erfurt. Later that year, Luther was trapped in a horrifying thunderstorm in which he was nearly struck by lightning. He viewed this near-death encounter as a divine message from God and on July 15,1505 he entered into the Augustinian Monastery. In 1517, Martin Luther, a then unrecognized monk and scholar, released his “95 Theses”, also known as“Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences”, protesting many of the seemingly corrupt acts practiced by the Catholic Church.
Through the eras of the Middle Ages, many Protestants demanded to have a personal relationship with God without the influence of the Catholic Church. The Protestants started to think for themselves as a religion, and Martin Luther first paved the way. Martin Luther first visited Wittenberg, Germany, and made a list of complaints that he had with the Catholic Church. A short while after, he published his list of complaints to the door of a German church, and they were called the Ninety-Five Theses. In response, Pope Leo X excommunicated Luther in 1521.