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Unformatted text preview: During the time of Martin Luther, the Catholic Church had drifted from its original beliefs and entered a world of greed and wealth through fraudulent teachings. Church leadership offered indulgences to raise money for their own ventures; indulgences provided a relief of sins in exchange for money. Martin Luther thought the teachings of the church were corrupt and wrote his ninety-five thesis pointing out these facts. Martin Luther’s main argument was the fact that the church was gaining wealth though the selling of indulgences. Catholic Leaders were offering indulgences for viewing religious relics and sending clergy members to explain the benefits of making “charitable donations”. Their justification of the indulgences came from the religious crusades when Pope II relieved the crusaders of their sins because they fought in the religious war. The Catholic Church came to crusaders of their sins because they fought in the religious war....
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This note was uploaded on 06/12/2010 for the course HIST hist 101 taught by Professor Guyadams during the Spring '10 term at Columbia College.
- Spring '10
- Martin Luther