The Art Of Reformation By Martin Luther

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Analytical Paper: The Art of Reformation
The year 1517 is claimed by Christianity to be the original spark of a reformation that changed the face of the most prevalent religion in the western world, beginning in Germany and soon enveloping the known world in an upheaval of beliefs and values. However, due to the fact that Protestant faiths became their own religious, social and political powers, the correct term for this movement would not be ‘reformation’ but in fact ‘revolution’.
The so-called Protestant Reformation’s most credited catalyst was when a German monk nailed his “Ninety-Five Theses on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences” to the front door of Castle Church in Wittenberg on the eve of All Saints’ Day. This event, though Martin Luther’s previous letters of complaint were clearly documented and the theology argued, was a clear and sympathetic outcry against corrupt church officials, not unlike the Bible’s own Pharisees, and garnered a following that even Luther could not have predicted. He gave voice to those who raged against the corrupt practices of granting indulgences (the forgiveness of sins for money), simony (the buying and selling of church offices), and the fact that the Pope seemed to be acting as a politician first and foremost, which was not an opinion so much as fact, and the church was the largest landowner in Europe. Aside from the common people who were denied what the wealthier among them could buy in heaven, German Princes jumped at the…
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