Martin Luther: The Leader of the Protestant Reformation Essay

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Martin Luther started the Protestant Reformation when he nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany on October 31, 1517. It contained a series of 95 complaints that the once monk had with the church. He was steadfast in his efforts to get the church to change. Even refusing to repeal his complaints when threatened with excommunication. He has many issues with the church, starting with indulgences. He found them rather unnecessary. He believed that one can gain salvation through faith alone. That ones works were not as important as a strong faith in Christ. Teaching needs to be from the bible itself and not from a priest's interpretation. He didn't even believe that a priest should share
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Essay 1 Topic 3:
Martin Luther started the Protestant Reformation when he nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany on October 31, 1517. It contained a series of 95 complaints that the once monk had with the church. He was steadfast in his efforts to get the church to change. Even refusing to repeal his complaints when threatened with excommunication. He has many issues with the church, starting with indulgences. He found them rather unnecessary. He believed that one can gain salvation through faith alone. That ones works were not as important as a strong faith in Christ. Teaching needs to be from the bible itself and not from a priest's interpretation. He didn't even believe that a priest should share his interpretation because everyone was equal in faith. All of his teachings went against that of the church which is why he suffered such a harsh punishment. His teachings created an entire branch of Christianity called Protestantism. This branch is a big umbrella which has all the modern-day denominations. Luther also inspired some other reformers who took his word and spread it or simply took their own spin on it. Some of whom took to the sword and others who didn't. Two in particular are Zwingli and Calvin. Zwingli felt that the sword was by far the best way to spread the ideas and teachings of Luther and promoted the wars in Switzerland. While Calvin on the other hand took to the streets and spread the ideas through what is now