Martin Luther And The Protestant Reformation Essay

827 Words Nov 18th, 2015 4 Pages
Before the Reformation, there was only one kind of Christianity in Western Europe, called Catholic. In 1517, Martin Luther, who was a German monk and professor of theology nailed his 95 theses on the castle door in Wittenberg. The Protestant Reformation, referred simply as the Reformation was the beginning of the division of the churches. It was seen as a challenge to religious authority that went beyond the Catholic Church. This resulted in the separation of Christians into Protestant and Catholic.
In 1505, Martin Luther was caught in a violent storm and was almost struck by lightning. He considered it as a sign from God and vowed to become a monk if he survived the storm. Luther came out unharmed and, true to his promise, Luther turned his back to his study of the law. Martin Luther dedicated his life to be a monk and entered an Augustinian monastery. Luther was appointed into priesthood and in 1508, began teaching.
In 1512, he received his doctorate and became a professor of theology at the University of Wittenberg. It would be here that he began to question and explore the many problems he saw plaguing the Church. The Catholic Church taught that “it alone” was God’s instrument and representative on Earth and salvation could only be found by its means. What questioned Martin Luther even more was when John Tetzel was selling indulgences to people. If you buy the indulgences, then you would have less time in temporal punishment in Purgatory and go to Heaven faster. They…

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