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Martin Luther Biography And Influence

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Martin Luther was born on November 10, 1483 in Eisleben, Saxony, and was then part of the Holy Roman Empire, and was baptized as a Catholic. His father was a leaseholder of copper mines, and smelters, his mother was a hard-working woman, and he had a few siblings. Martin Luther later became a monk, (A monk is a man who lives under obedience.) Martin read the Bible and saw that the only way to get saved was by faith not by indulgence. (Indulgences were something that are supposed to pay off in order to get into heaven.) In 1517, Martin Luther wrote a document about the Catholic church’s practice, and is one of the most influential figures in western history. The church was selling “indulgences” to resolve sin. Indulgences were wrong because that was not the way to get into heaven, and the money was going to the church, and so the church was getting rich off of people who were afraid of not going to heaven.…show more content…
The Catholic Church was divided, and Protestantism was formed by Luther’s ideas. Another name for the “95 theses” was “Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences.” The “95 theses” is a list of questions and recommendations for debate. One legend says that on October 31, 1517, Luther nailed a copy of the 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church. They say that it wasn’t probably that dramatic, he probably just hung it on the door. The first two contained Luther’s main idea, that god meant people to seek repentance and that faith alone would lead to salvation. The other 93 theses, a bunch of them directly saying things about the practice of
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