Martin Luther : Religious Intolerance, Private Judgments, And The Conscious

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Martin Luther: Religious Intolerance, Private Judgments, and the Conscious
“The reason why some people do not understand why faith alone justifies is that they do not know what faith is.”
-Martin Luther
I. Introduction
The Protestant Reformation of the 16th century not only challenged the strong religious authority of its time but also introduced new interpretations of the scripture that undermined the Roman
Catholic Church. The questioning of long held practices by Martin Luther presented a threat to society’s power structure, manifesting a series of protests in dissent to the Catholic Church.
Through scrutinizing the scripture, Martin Luther was able to develop a new Christian discourse of faith, one that would deviate from the teaching and interpretations of the Catholic Church. His interpretation produced a new religious theology, bringing about new Christian philosophy. This strife for spiritual understanding and the justification for authority would ultimately split beliefs about religious social structure within Christendom asunder.
In the film Luther, Martin Luther is portrayed as a rather distressed monk. The opening scene of the film depicts an abominable thunderstorm in which Luther cries out to the patron saint of miners, “Save me, St. Anne, and I’ll become a monk!” The monastic life, for Luther, becomes one that requires constant commitment, devotion, and prayer. The fears of hell and
God’s wrath drives Luther into frequent confessions. His religious despair

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