Essay about Martin Luther And The Catholic Church

762 Words Apr 7th, 2015 4 Pages
Martin Luther, born on November 10th, 1483 in Eisleben, Germany, played a significant role in the history of the Catholic Church. Luther was born during the Modern Period of the timeline of Christianity. At this point in history, Renaissance is fully underway and there is rising controversy within the Church. The Holy Roman Empire still spreads over a large territory but it does not have power as a political empire and therefore does not receive governmental funding which lead to the selling of indulgences as a means to raise money to build church and to fund the Church. During this time, nominalist theology was being taught at the universities, this meant that salvation seen as a contract between humans and God and that to get to heaven all you had to do was fulfill your side of the contract and you would be granted eternal grace. Martin Luther addresses these issues throughout his life.
Martin Luther had an interesting family life. His family started out very poor and worked in the mines, his dad eventually bought a mine and the family became much better off. Luther’s father had very high expectations for his son and was very disappointed when Luther made the decision to join the order of the observant Augustinians as a monk. Because of Luther’s previous education with a master’s degree in Law, he was chosen to further his education as a monk and to teach. His main focus in his theology was salvation and grace. The immoral selling of indulgences drove Luther to determine…

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