Martin Luther

Martin Luther

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  • University of Law
  • "Help Saint Anne I'll become a monk
  • Indulgences
  • 95 Theses
  • You are guilty of Heresy!
  • 1521 Diet of Worms
  • 1505 Martin Luther is studying law in Germany. He was walking outside, when he was struck by lightning.  He called to Saint Anne that he would become a Monk if his Life was Spared.
  • "Unless I am convicted by scripture and plain reason-I do not accept the authority of popes and councils for they have contradicted each- my conscience is captive to the word of God. I cannot and will not recant anything.."
  • 1517, Martin Luther true to his word became a monk, but during this time he came to realise the churches corruption. He wrote down all the thing that the church was doing, that was against scripture called the 95 Theses and nailed it to the Wittenberg castle Church. One of his biggest issues was the selling of indulgences. His actions caused uprising within the poor community.
  • He was charged with heresy and labeled a heretic in Rome. He defended himself with scripture rather than a church doctrine. 
  • Martin luther had caused the Catholic church to lose a lot of power. They did not like this so they excommunicated him. They gave him 60 days to recant what he said and they would allow him back.
  • In his time of excommunication, he re-wrote the bible in German, so every day people could read it. He sent the new copy of the bible to the printing press and made it easily accessible. 
  • Once the community realised the churches wrong doings, social and theological reforms began. This led to many splitting from the Catholic Church and the birth of lutherism. Some other people heard about this and decided to branch out from Christianity as well. 
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