Martin Luther Reformation

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A reformation can be described as the action or process of making changes in the social, political, or economic institution to improve it, according to the Google dictionary. Martin Luther and the “95 Theses” started a chain of events throughout Europe that would be known as the Protestant Reformation. During the 16th century, the authority and power of the Church was challenged. This led to other denominations being created such as, Lutheranism. Martin Luther and the Reformation influenced the religion in the West and the culture. Historians consider the start of the Reformation on October 31, 1517. This is a significant date in history, since it was the day Martin Luther nailed the “95 Theses” on the church doors of Wittenberg Castle. The…show more content…
He went to study law at the University at Erfurt, to please his father. Sometime within the year 1505, Luther was hit by a life changing experience. Literally being hit by lightning, Luther saw this as a sign from God and if he were to live through the storm, he would go into one the holiest professions, monkshood. Luther survived and kept his promise; a few days following after the storm he withdrew from the University and entered in an Augustinian monastery. During his time in the monastery, he was obsessed with the thought of his sins and it haunted him, until he stumbled upon Saint Paul’s letter to the Romans; the conclusion he came to was that no action in good enough to grant you access into Heaven, that it is a gift from God for being a believer and having faith in Him. Many of his beliefs on religion, God, and the role of the Church are expressed throughout his writings and theological studies that would forever impact…show more content…
The sales of indulgences was an idea that the church created to help fund papal projects such as, the ceiling paintings of the Sistine Chapel. Essentially, the idea of the sales of indulgences was that it assured that the purchaser would be allowed entry into Heaven. Luther saw this as a corrupt scam, he claimed that the Pope and Church didn’t have control over how long people would stay in purgatory and their sins. People finally came to their senses and stopped buying indulgences, causing a fall in sales of indulgences. Another idea expressed in the “95 Theses,” was “A priesthood of believers.” This means that people don’t need a priest to bring their request to God and encourages believers to read the Bible and take part in church and government affairs. This was just one of the many other controversial beliefs in the “95
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