Protestant Reformation: Martin Luther: The Protestant Reformation

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Emily Cavanaugh
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.
Martin Luther was born on November 10, 1483, in Eisleben, Germany. Hans, his father was a miner and his mother, Margarette, looked after their three children while Hans Luther was working. In 1501, Martin went the University of Erfurt where he received a Masters Degree in Arts because he was going to follow what his father wanted him to do and be a lawyer, until one day there was a storm in Germany and Martin prayed to God hoping he would be saved from a terrible storm so he stated, “save me St. Anne, and I’ll become a monk.” He wanted to keep his promise so then he joined the monastery a few months later, but describes that he didn’t find the enlightenment he was looking for. Martin went to the University of Wittenberg to hopefully end his confusion about his spirituality. While he was there he received a doctorate and then became a professor of theology at the same university. Finally, Martin Luther realizes the truth about the Roman Catholic Religion.
Martin Luther had two very important moments that defined his thoughts upon the Catholic Church. First beginning when Martin Luther went to Rome in 1510 to go to a monastery, he realized that it was a, “breeding ground for corruption,” meaning ...

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...find anything. The churches plan was now to excommunicate Martin and his followers, but the Reformation was spreading too quickly. Many people were no longer Christians, they starting following Martin and reading and examining the Bible. It took many of years for people to understand and start to follow Martin in this Reformation. (The 95)
Martin Luther once said, “Grant that I may not pray alone with the mouth; help me that I pray from the depths of my heart.” I believe Martin was trying to say that anyone could pray no matter where you are, and you don’t always have to be inside a church, or with a priest. Martin’s biggest goal was to reform how the church was run due to all the corruption done by the government. Martin was able to achieve that goal by posting the 95 Theses to the door of the church October 31, 1517 and going to Rome to go to a Diet of the Worms.
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