Martin Luther And The Protestant Reformation

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The Protestant Reformation was a time of change and development throughout Catholic Europe. The changes included religion, politics, and culture, defining Europe entirely. It took a brave person to get change, Martin Luther who challenged the Catholic Churches in their Christian practices. Luther argued for a change in church’s power, this lead to an abundance of wars with this issue. Reformers wanted the power to put in the hands of pastors or Christian leaders. This back and forth problem led to the Counter Reformation, which was the intense response to Protestants. 2017 marked the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s historic 95 theses. However, there are various factors/leaders that contributed to the growing popularity of the Reformation, such as: Meister Eckhart, Jan Hus, and Desiderius Erasmus.
Meister Eckhart (1260-1327) who was a German mystic, theologian and philosopher. He played a crucial role in the reformation of Catholic Churches. His work was proven effective in leading to Martin Luther’s perspective of the reformation. Eckhart’s sermons discussed man’s direct contact with the divine. He influenced many people during this time, such as: John Tauler, Henry Suso, Nicholas of Cusa, and Eckhart Tulle. Eckhart works include: “The early Quaestionrs Parisiensis”, prologus generalis in opus tripartitium”, prologus in opus propositiomun, and prologus in opus expositionum. Also, Eckhart was influenced by many people: Thimas Aquinas, Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite,
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