Problems Of Martin Luther

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In 1507 a man named Martin Luther was ordained. This may not be that significant of an event, but it turned out to be a pivotal moment for the Roman Catholic Church and even Europe itself. Martin Luther was a theologian who had been trained in law, but left that profession after a life altering experience. He was in a thunderstorm and with bolts of lightning falling around him he called out, to Saint Anna, praying that if he lived he would become a monk. He took to the profession very easily. He showed signs in his past that he thought the world around him was falling apart, and what better position could he have then the cloth to correct these problems. Even though he seemed to fit the position like a hand to a glove there was still a problem…show more content…
His name was Johann Tetzel, and he was prolific when it comes to the selling of indulgences. An indulgence was an amount of money a person could pay to the church to make their punishment in purgatory a little less harsh. Luther took up issue with this practice because he was well read in the works of the apostle Paul, who stated that mans justification, came from faith and not from works. This idea stood in opposition to many of the tenants that made up the Catholic Church. Martin Luther decided that the best way to fix these problems was to make it clear to the public that they were being deceived. How he went about doing this was to write a work titled, The Ninety-Five Theses, in which he debated the efficiency of indulgences and other things that stood out to him in the church. The moment the church in its entirety took a vested interest in him was when he marched up to the front door of the church in Whitesburg and nailed his Ninety-five Theses to that door where everyone coming and going would see them. He also took advantage of a relatively new invention called the printing press. It had been invented about 70 years before by Johannes Gutenberg, and was now used to make bibles in German so that people had the ability to decide what they believed and not just what a priest told…show more content…
This was a formal deliberation into the Martin Luther put together by the Holy Roman Emperor. The difference between this event and events such as the Council of Constance, where Jon Hus was tried for the same reasons, were that Luther was insured safe passage Because of his connection the Frederick unlike men and women in his position in the past. This is another big difference between other reformers, Martin Luther had the support of people with power and this made all the difference between him living and dying. During this event Martin went back and forth with the Papal Cardinals on matters of the faith. In nothing less than a shouting match Luther knew it was time to leave, and he sneaked out of the city by night. Martin Luther was excommunicated from the church and received the papal bull. Luther was not prepared for the reaction he would get from the people who learned that the church had been using
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