Martin Luther Essay

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Martin Luther (November 10, 1483 - February 18, 1546) was a Christian theologian and Augustinian monk whose teachings inspired the Protestant Reformation and deeply influenced the doctrines of Protestant and other Christian traditions. Martin Luther was born to Hans and Margaretha Luther on 10 November 1483 in Eisleben, Germany and was baptised the next day on the feast of St. Martin of Tours, after whom he was named. Luther's call to the Church to return to the teachings of the Bible resulted in the formation of new traditions within Christianity and the Counter-Reformation in the Roman Catholic Church, culminating at the Council of Trent.
His translation of the Bible also helped to develop a standard version of the German language and
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Such reforms included the foundation of seminaries for the proper training of priests in the spiritual life and the theological traditions of the Church, the reform of religious life to returning orders to their spiritual foundations, and new spiritual movements focus on the devotional life and a personal relationship with Christ.

Martin Luther was the first person to translate the New Testament, and later the whole bible into German, the local language of the people. Before Luther translated the Bible, it was only meant to be read by the clergy. Luther wrote the bible in the language of the people so that they themselves could determine what Jesus taught and what would lead to salvation. This lead to a development within Christianity where it was no longer the Papacy and clergymen that completely controlled what was truth and what people should believe, but it was now up to the peoples interpretation on what they felt was truth and what they should believe according to the words of the bible. His version was followed by Protestant versions in other languages, especially the French, Dutch, and English. The Bible ceased to be a foreign book in a foreign tongue, and became naturalized, and hence far more clear and dear to the common people. Hereafter the Reformation depended no longer on the works of the Reformers, but on the book of God, which everybody could read for themselves as their daily guide in spiritual life. This inestimable

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