Martin Luther And The Reformation Essay

1091 Words Oct 5th, 2015 5 Pages
In the second decade of the sixteenth century, a religious movement began in Europe. This movement, later referred to as the Reformation, was to fix and reform the church, which had turned to corruption. Many leaders came along during the time of the Reformation, but not one so powerful as Martin Luther whose teachings and views played such a large impact in the Reformation. He inspired others with his action and beliefs in a way many others couldn 't do as effectively at the time. Martin Luther had such strong religious views and witnessed corruptions, such as those of John Tetzel led to such a strong opposition to indulgences, that he wrote the Ninety-Five Theses, which would spark the Reformation. Martin Luther was a German priest during the 15th century who was said to have been a spark for the Reformation, when he posted his Ninety-Five Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg in 1517. These theses contained many of Luther 's view on multiple different types of corruption within the church, but the one seen as the most important one, are his views on indulgences. Indulgences at the time, were a huge problem within the church. Indulgences was the paying for your sins and even others at times instead of engaging in penance or attending church. They started becoming a larger issue when Crusaders would purchase them before they went into battle, and eventually this spread to they laypeople who feared a future of purgatory. The selling of indulgences had…

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