A Primary Source By Martin Luther Essay

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The source I will be analyzing is a primary source by Martin Luther into English. Martin Luther was a monk in the Catholic Church who would go to start the Protestant Reformation through his criticisms of the church and of the Pope. In this work Martin Luther challenges the Pope and the Catholic Church by accusing them of being impious for the act of selling indulgences to Christians. He goes on to lambaste the Pope in detail, stating that he is using Christians for personal gain and ignoring the will of God. Ultimately Luther believes sins can only be forgiven by God and not by the Pope or anyone else.

When looking at this source to fully understand it as an historian why Luther wrote it, we must look in great detail at who the author was. Martin Luther was a monk and a theologian. His resume and reasoning for the work were presented at the introduction of the source as follows “Out of love for the truth and the desire to bring it to light, the following propositions will be discussed at Wittenberg, under the presidency of the Reverend Father Martin Luther, Master of Arts and of Sacred Theology, and Lecturer in Ordinary on the same at that place. Wherefore he requests that those who are unable to attend and debate orally with us, may do so by letter.” As one can tell Luther has a respectable resume and has put much thought into this work. He is part of the Catholic Church, so his beliefs do not suggest too much bias, instead they seem from the heart and his…

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