The Impact Of Martin Luther And The Reformation

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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 …show more content…
The most famous indulgence preacher was John Tetzel. In Document B he is shown on a horse going to a towns with his chest, and people coming to buy indulgences. There 's even a jingle on the caricature where the last line reads "As soon as gold in the basin rings, right then the soul to Heaven springs." That line created the impression that sins could be remitted by paying for indulgences, on Luther, and that salvation is something that can be bought and sold. This is part of the reason for his opposition to indulgences, along with his views of "justification by faith alone", that meant to him that ceremonies, charities, and embellishments, were not the righteousness that God demanded, but trust and faith in Jesus Christ. And due to Tetzel and his preachings, Luther published the Ninety-Five …show more content…
As shown in Document D, they found Luther comparable with the devil, as in the painting he is depicted having clawed feet and a tail, trying to tempt Christ. This painting is Catholic propaganda that could be seen as being used by the church to try and prevent the temptation of Catholics to Martin Luther 's view, or by those who were strongly against the reformation that Luther unintentionally became a leader of. As Martin Luther became more popular, peasants at the time began to see him as someone who can help them push through the political and societal issues they were having at the time. Luther never wanted this though, as all he was trying to do was reform the corruption of the church, not lead a revolt against it, or defy it. This didn 't stop the peasants, who continued to see him as the leader of their revolt and independence from Wittenberg, due to his views on Christian freedoms and criticism of monastic landowners. They supported him, praised him, and even converted to the Lutherans, following after Luther 's teachings. Document C, a drawing of Martin Luther portrays him as very strong, and brave looking. This document can be seen as propaganda from his supporters, that makes him look like the man who will lead their revolt against landowners. As said though, Luther wanted nothing

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