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  • Indulgences! Make your way into heaven! Only selling every 25 years
  • I have sinned! How do I repay, so I make my way into Heaven?
  • Then we shall sell indulgences all year round! Every Year!!
  • Oh my!
  • Why does not the pope, whose wealth today is greater than the wealth...
  • My god He's right!!
  • It all started in the late 1400s. Everything was going smooth, Every 25 years were considered 'Holy Years' so they would sell indulgences; a way to repay your sins and make your way into heaven. The system had worked like this for years, and people believed it, and practiced a religion called 'Catholicism'.
  • No Dancing! No Fancy Clothing!
  • One day, one of the church workers had come up to the pope and was furious about his pay check; He wanted more money and demanded it. The pope agreed and decided to sell indulgences every year, all year. There was a man, his name was 'Martin Luther' he was furious at this change in the church. 
  • Prison
  • Martin was so mad that he had written 95 theses against the church and why this was wrong. "Why does not the pope, whose wealth today is greater than the wealth of the richest Crassus, build the basilica of St. Peter with his own money rather than with the money of poor believers?" was one of his ideas; people agreed with him and started to boycott the church.
  • People liked Martins ideas, so he had come up with a religion called 'Lutheranism' or today it would be known as 'Christianity' Luther had also believed that the only person who held the most power was not the priest but the lord himself. Luther's religion had many rules about what you can and cant do.
  • The church had found out of his new religion as it had become more and more popular; They had wanted to punish Luther for what he did. They had imprisoned some of his believers as while of burned them alive. Luther died at the age of 62 in 1546, His leagcy remains alive today with today's culture and religion.
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