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Unformatted text preview: Reformation in Germany The Protestant Reformation began in Germany with Martin Luther. Martin Luther was a monk who wrestled with the question of how one is saved. The doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church was that one was saved through faith and good deeds. Luther was not satisfied by this explanation and continued to search, mostly through scripture, for a more satisfying answer. He determined his belief to be that salvation comes through faith alone. His search led him to realize that much of what the Church was teaching was not scriptural doctrine, but man- made doctrine. He was troubled by this, but not enough to leave the Church at that time. The catalyst for Luthers split with the Roman Catholic Church was the practice of the sale of indulgences, the selling of forgiveness through the purchase of religious relics. Luther felt very strongly that this practice was in fact solidifying a place in hell for the purchasers. His opposition prompted him to write The 95 Theses that recounted in detail his opposition. It was translated into Germany, and distributed. His intention was to prompt the Church to reform however, recounted in detail his opposition....
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