Martin Luther paper

Martin Luther paper - Perspectives Dr Howard Martin Luther and the Reformation In the 16th century Martin Luther spearheaded a religious and

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Perspectives Dr. Howard 2/26/07 Martin Luther and the Reformation In the 16 th century, Martin Luther spearheaded a religious and political reform in the Catholic Church when he posted his 95 Theses on the Power of Indulgences on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. As a devout interpreter of the Bible, Luther analyzed the content of the scripture, creating radical opinions that conflicted with the accepted notion of sacred scripture. In posting his 95 Theses, Luther openly declared his disagreement with the Church. Among his scholarly conclusions, Luther asserted that selling indulgences was inappropriate and should be banned. He believed in ‘sola fide’, meaning ‘by faith alone’. The church at the time believed that faith and good deeds are needed to be happy in heaven, yet Luther believed that only faith would bring his salvation: “"Jesus Christ, our God and Lord, died for our sins and was raised again for our justification… therefore, it is clear and certain that this faith alone justifies us… nothing of this article can be yielded or surrendered, even though heaven, earth, and everything else falls." 1 Condemned as a heretic, the Church excommunicated Luther. During this time, Luther continued to teach others, aided by the creation of the printing press. Luther revolutionized the secular landscape, gaining loyal followers and creating the Lutheran Church. 1 Martin Luther, The Smalcald Articles in Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions (Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2005), 289, Part two, Article 1.
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In his attempt to reform the Catholic Church, Luther raised both theological and civil issues. In his early life, Luther dedicated himself to monasticism and education of the Bible. As a young monk, Luther’s superior,
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This essay was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course TH 090 taught by Professor Howard during the Spring '08 term at BC.

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Martin Luther paper - Perspectives Dr Howard Martin Luther and the Reformation In the 16th century Martin Luther spearheaded a religious and

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