Martin Luther And The Protestant Reformation

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Rahul Mangal The Protestant Reformation was a European movement in the 16th century which initially attempted to reform the beliefs and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church. Changing attitudes towards the bible influenced the Reformation Movement. Martin Luther and other reformers considered the bible to be the only reliable source of instructions, as opposed to the teachings of the church. Similar to Humanists, Reformers wished to return to the source to analyze and examine the truth. Upon evaluation of the Bible, reformers found that many of the teachings of the church in regards to achieving Salvation did not match the teachings in the Bible. The accessibility of the Bible to the general population due to the vernacular Bible and…show more content…
At the beginning of the reformation, the viewpoint that started to develop was that anything which was not included in the bible could be regarded as insignificant and therefore permissible. For example, he noted that there was nothing in Scripture requiring celibacy and therefore permitted, in fact it is encouraged that preachers are married so that they aren’t tempted by sin. During the Reformation more emphasis was placed on the individual and the church’s interpretation was starting to be questioned. Luther describes in his Preface to the First Volume of His Latin Writings how he came up with his “solas” of salvation by soteriology by reading a sentence from the Bible. “‘In it the righteousness of God is revealed’ that had stood in my way. For I hated that word “righteousness of God,” which, according to the use and custom of all the teachers, I had been thought to understand philosophically…with which God is righteous and punishes the unrighteous sinner” (Hillerbrand 29). He had determined that people could not be saved by good deeds or sacraments but by “faith alone” or Sola fide. This meant that followers rejected some of the traditional teachings of the Church and resulted in a theological dispute with the Church. Furthermore, Luther thought of Scripture being divided into two parts “…that faith alone, without works, justifies, frees and saves; …Scripture is divided
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