luther - Michael Penna Martin Luther, born in 1483 and died...

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Michael Penna Martin Luther, born in 1483 and died in 1546, was a priest of the Augustinian order. He lived n a monastery in Wittenberg, Germany that was known for its strict religious life. Traveling to Rome, he was appalled at the sight of the lifestyle of the head of the church there. The Pope lived in lavish luxury in the same city where there were people living in squalid conditions. Furthermore, Luther was taken aback at the idea of indulgences. He disliked how the Pope would pad his finances at the expense of other people. Because of his stance, the Pope wanted Luther to be excommunicated. In response to charges of heresy tossed at him, Luther wrote down his beliefs. At stake for Luther was his stand on Christianity and his severed relationship with the papacy. The Address to the Christian Nobility of the German nation, composed in 1520, was written to appeal to his fellow people his deeply held convictions.* The address attempted to convince the Christian nobility of the Church’s abuses. It made its case by detailing specific incidents of the Church. Luther made an analogy of overthrowing the walls of Jericho to overthrowing the “walls of straw and paper” for the purpose to “set free our
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