Summary Of Luther's Contribution To The Reformation

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In 1517, an Augustinian Catholic priest and professor of theology, Martin
Luther (1483-1546), unhappy with the abuses of the Roman Catholic Church, posted his ninety-five theses on the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany. The subject of indulgences of the Church was his main dispute. The Church was raising money by promising salvation to the givers. This started the Protestant Reformation that was to lead to his excommunication and produce a major split in Christianity and the rest of the western European continent. The printing press, i.e., access to information played a major role in its quick spread of the reformation. Many copies were printed and widely distributed. Religious wars and turmoil followed. Eventually the turmoil spread in England with King Henry’s dispute with the Pope on King’s marriage with Anne Boleyn led to England becoming a protestant nation. Luther translated the bible from Greek into German vernacular. This made it more accessible and in addition it had a tremendous impact on the church and German culture as it fostered further the development of a standard version of the German language. His hymns influenced the development of singing in churches. The reformation, besides
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The French honor him as one of their foremost writers. The most important among these treatises or essays is considered to be the "Apology for Raymond of Sabunde" (ii. 12) with valuable excursuses on faith and knowledge. Montaigne bases his doubt on the diversity of individual views, each man's opinion differing from his fellow's, while truth must be

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