Martin Luther And The Catholic Church

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Few people can say that they have changed the world; fewer still can say that they did so unintentionally; but that is exactly what Martin Luther did when he posted his 95 theses in an effort to reform the Catholic Church. And while it resulted in his excommunication at the time, he continued his devotion to his faith and founded the Lutheran religion. Through his actions he not only changed the way that millions of Christians practiced their faith both now and in the past through the Protestant Reformation, he also changed the social-political boundaries in Europe due to increased religious tensions. In order to get a better understanding of the motives behind Luther’s actions we first need to know more about him. Martin Luther was born on November 10th, 1483 in Eisleben, Saxony, which is now a part of modern Germany. Having grown up in poverty himself, Luther’s father “urged Martin to seek a law degree, hoping that Martin would continue to elevate the family status” (Linder, page 16). While attending law school he faced death during a terrible storm, and made a promise to St.Anne that if she saved him then he would become a monk. Having been spared he went to the local monastery two weeks later to fulfill his promise, and was ordained as a minister in 1507. He continued his devotion and “proceeded to take up the academic focus of his order, becoming doctor of Sacred Scripture in 1512 and, at the same time, assuming a professorship of the bible at the newly founded
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