Martin Luther

Martin Luther

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  • Its a sign from God! I shall become a monk!
  • Yes please!
  • Buy an indulgence! We grantee it will get you to heaven!
  • I'll take one!
  • 95  THESES
  • Martin Luther was a German professor of theology, composer, priest, monk, and seminal figure in the Protestant Reformation. In 1905, he was struck by lightning on his way back from Law School and was convince it was a sign form God. After this he became an Augustinian Monk.
  • The people of the church made people believe that the only to make it into heaven was to buy an indulgence. Martin Luther became aware of this situation and wanted to do something about it. He believed that loyalty to God was the way to pass purgatory.
  • Martin Luther believed that the only way to get to heaven and pass purgatory was by loyalty to God. So he nailed 95 things that he didn't like about what the church was doing, on the the churches door. The 95 Theses.
  • After the church had seen the 95 theses on the door, Luther was summoned to the Diet of Worms, by the priests, for his crimes against the church. 
  • Martin Luther appeared before the Assembly of Bishops in Germany to discuss Luther's complaints about the church. The Bishops worked to eliminate  existing problems in the church.
  • The Church and the wider society changed as a result of these actions. The Council of Trent was set up by Pope Paul III in 1545, all people could read the bible, there was a greater tolerance of different beliefs and the selling of indulgences was abolished, with new rules set in place for priests to follow.
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