Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation

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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. During Luther’s life the 2 people looked toward the religious officials such as the bishops, priests, and the pope for guidance. Augustine said that religion should be more centered around the bible rather than religious officials, and Luther soaked in that theory and made it into much of what Christianity is today. Luther believed that it was basically blasphemy to sell indulgences and made it evident that he believed this. He thought that God would forgive one if forgiveness through Him was sought, also in faith alone rather than doing good deeds in life. Luther actually debated with Cardinal Thomas Cajetan about his 95 theses for three days before returning back to the castle that he was currently living at. The 95 theses was a number of provocative statements or questions directed towards the Catholic Church. Many of these questions were directed toward indulgences. In the 1500s Luther was seen as a radical and a heretic. The Pope excommunicated him and even ordered for his works to be burned. Luther did not have quit in his veins though, and continued his works... ... middle of paper ... ...anger of the new settlers. European settlers always wanted more and began to take from the Native Americans, resulting in war. After major fighting and disease the Native Americans were dying off and could be compared to the buffalo, endangered (Interview: Native Americans ). Works Cited ""Absolutism in the Seventeenth Century", Essay by Tyler Jones." "Absolutism in the Seventeenth Century", Essay by Tyler Jones. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Feb. 2014. "African Americans in the British New World." Independence Hall Association, n.d. Web. 17 Feb. 2014. 7 "Martin Luther and the 95 Theses." A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 14 Feb. 2014. PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 17 Feb. 2014. "Thirty Years’ War." A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 15 Feb. 2014. "The Wars of Religion,Part I." Wars of Religion. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Feb. 2014.
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