The Source Behind Martin Luther 's 95 Theses Essay

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The Source Behind Martin Luther’s 95 Theses
Early in 16th century Europe all writings were becoming more widely available due to the invention of the printing press, including the Bible and the writings of early church philosopher
Augustine. Martin Luther, a monk and a theology professor at Wittenberg University, shared
Augustine’s two central beliefs that the Bible has ultimate religious authority and that humans cannot reach salvation by their own acts. These beliefs would later become the basis of
Protestantism. On October 31, 1517, Luther posted a paper of 95 theses to the door of the Castle
Church in Wittenberg. This small task became a kickoff to igniting the Reformation, even though that was not the intention. These 95 theses were simple statements in reference to the selling of indulgences for salvation. Luther was not a rebel; he was just posting an issue that he felt strongly about, for academic debate. This was not an uncommon practice during this time as most debates were advertised in public places. Luther was debating the Catholic Church’s practice of selling “indulgences” to absolve sin. Luther’s 95 theses put forward for consideration by others the two beliefs “that the Bible is the central religious authority and that humans can reach salvation only by their faith and not by their deeds.” (Staff, 2015) Luther discussed these ideas before without incident, however, at the time he posted “The 95 Theses”, the Catholic
Church was becoming increasingly corrupt…

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