The Impacts Of Martin Luther And The Protestant Reformation

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Martin Luther (Nov. 10, 1483- Feb. 18, 1546) was ambitious, stubborn, and strongly opinionated. He isn’t just known as one of the most influential individuals in Christian History, but also as the individual that started the Protestant Reformation in 1517 by publishing his 95 Theses, criticizing the Church’s corruption and establishing two beliefs: 1) the bible was “the central religious authority” and 2) people may “reach salvation only by their faith and not by their deeds.” With these beliefs, he translated the Bible from Latin to German, printed the first copy in 1534, sold over 100,000 copies of the Bible in 40 years. Martin Luther’s actions helped revise the structure of religion and culture in the Western Hemisphere, influencing other countries such as Switzerland and England with the establishment of Lutheranism and Calvinism. In the 16th Century, corruption in the church began to show. There were priests committing adultery, misinterpretations of the Bible, and popes selling indulgences. There was no way to show the common people how the church was corrupt because only those that were educated in Latin could interpret the Bible to understand what deeds committed by religious leaders were wrong. This was disadvantageous to the people because they had to trust in the pope’s interpretations of the Bible instead of their own. Therefore, when Martin Luther translated the Bible from Latin to German in 1534, distributing over 100,000 copies all over Europe, he was going
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