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martin luther - Carl Crittenden March 16, 2007 History MWF...

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Carl Crittenden March 16, 2007 History MWF 2 Martin Luther The Church and the Pope, throughout the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth centuries, were cheating fellow Christians out of their money by making them feel the need to purchase pardons. Essentially, paying for pardons meant that Christians could buy their way into Heaven. In reality, this was merely a way to swindle money from rich Christians and make the Pope and the Church wealthier. Martin Luther, however, had strong beliefs concerning penitence and indulgences, and he believed that the Pope wrongly used pardons to become the richest man on Earth. Luther even went so far as to say that the Pope would sell the Basilica of St. Peter if the right price was offered (Luther, p. 56). Martin Luther preached that if a man is truly a Christian, he receives the benefits of being a Christian with or without the purchase of pardons (Luther, p. 55). The ninety- five theses can be summed up to say that Martin Luther believed getting into Heaven took more than just money, that hardships and suffering would occur, but paradise would be found eventually. Martin Luther, however, cannot be given full credit for his Reformation actions. While Martin Luther has received considerable recognition as a leader in the Reformation, questions arise as to the sincerity, newness, and originality of his message. Martin Luther’s actions while growing up seemed more closely related to acts of heresy
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course HS 09302 taught by Professor Dodson during the Spring '07 term at BC.

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