Essay on Martin Luther And The Protestant Movement

1446 Words Sep 14th, 2015 null Page
Historically, it is accepted by many, that the Protestant Movement started the instant that Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to a church door. The roots of Protestantism, however, go far deeper than simply this outrage; with a series of events leading up to the eventual religious split from the Catholic Church. Beginning with the three simultaneously reigning Popes in the early 15th century, many including Luther, felt the Church become more and more corrupt. Arguably, what disgruntled many Catholics more was the sale of indulgences by the Church as a way to repent sins. In addition to the sale of “blessings,” Catholic clergymen also engaged in other types of corrupt activities, including bribery and simony during the Renaissance. Witnessing the Church go downhill for decades now, Martin Luther felt it was necessary to save the souls which could not possibly be saved by Catholicism. Martin Luther attracted many Catholics to his new idea of Protestantism with his doctrine of “justification by faith” following his expulsion from the Church. This idea was a direct attack on the sale of indulgences, in which Luther claims that the only path to salvation is through faith. Having nowhere else to turn, Martin Luther decided to start anew with his followers; in turn creating the Lutheran Church. Yet Lutheranism was not, by any means, in opposition to the Church, rather an alternative to those who believed in more religious salvation. “Where a Lutheran church was founded, a…

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