Martin Luther And The Catholic Church

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Martin Luther was an influential scholar, professor, and monk in the 16th century who transformed the Catholic Church by sparking the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. To the Christian Nobility of the German Nation was written by Luther in 1520. Within the text, Luther challenges the three walls of the Church and instigates an ecclesiastical movement. Luther exhorts and rebukes the authority and ideals of the Roman Catholic Church. Because the walls surrounding the Church are leading to corruption and are hindering transformation, Luther’s argument for completely disbanding all the walls that the Romanists have developed is the best attempt to revolutionize the Church.
In To the Christian Nobility of the German Nation, the Church has surrounded themselves with three distinct rules. As a result, Luther believes the rules within the Church are merely defending the corruption from reform. Giving a brief summary of his purpose for writing the text, Luther depicts the beliefs of the Church as foolish and unwise. The Roman Catholic Church has put complete power into the leaders of the Church (9). In the final paragraph of his introduction, Luther directly quotes Joshua 6:20, asking for aid in helping individuals reform themselves and attain God’s good grace.
The first wall states that the temporal power, the leaders of the government who are not affiliated with the Church, have no jurisdiction over the spiritual estate, the leaders of the religious clergy. In other
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