Martin Luther And The Christian Nobility Of The German Nation

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Martin Luther was an influential scholar in the 16th century who changed the face of the Catholic church by sparking the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. To the Christian Nobility of the German Nation is one of the first works written by Luther in 1520. The text gives the reader an insight into the life of Luther, while he exhorts and rebukes the authority and ideals of the Roman Catholic Church. Within the text, Luther challenges the three main ideals of the Church and insinuates an ecclesiastical movement. Furthermore, I agree with Luther’s approach to completely disband all the metaphorical walls that the Romanists have developed in the attempt to revolutionize Church and State.
In To the Christian Nobility of the German, The Romans have metaphorically surrounded themselves with three distinct rules that they believe have reformed their society in a way that no other group of individuals have. As a result, Luther believes the Church itself has been greatly corrupted. Giving a brief summary of his point for writing the treatise, Luther depicts the beliefs of the Church as foolish and unwise. The Roman Catholic Church has put complete and utter power into the hands of the pope (9). In the final paragraph of his introduction, Luther directly quotes Joshua 6:20, asking for aid in helping individuals reform themselves and attain God’s good grace.
Luther begins addressing the main point of his treatise by criticizing the first of the three metaphorical walls. The…

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