Martin Luther's Journey through religon

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  • Churches began abusing their power. They were living lavish lifestyles and believed they were higher than others in terms of social recognition. Johann Tetzel started selling indulgences during this time. 
  • Come get your indulgences here!
  • Indulgences for sale!!!
  • Martin Luther witnesses Johann Tetzel selling indulgences. He is infuriated. Martin Luther decides that this is the last straw, he has had enough. 
  • That's it! This must stop!
  • Indulgences for sale!!!
  • That very night, Martin Luther drew up the 95 theses. These were 95 arguments that go against indulgences.  Because the church would not reform itself, he decided someone would have to take a stand for the citizen's sake.
  • 95 Theses
  • After the 95 theses went public, the Charles V forced Martin Luther to recant. When was reluctant, Charles V excommunicated him. By that time, Luther already had many loyal supporters. They helped him sneak around and set up multiple Protestant churches across Germany. 
  • Many peasants were strong supporters of Luther. They hoped to gain his support for social and economic change. The Peasants revolt took place all over Europe in 1524. As it grew more violent, Luther denounced it.
  • We want change!
  • Charles V tried to turn Lutheran churches back to Christian. He had little success. Charles V and Martin Luther made a settlement. The north of Europe voted on Lutheran protestant churches and the south voted to stay largely Catholic. 
  • Peace of Augsburg
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