What events led up to and followed Martin Luther and his Ninety-Five Thesis?
Its hard for most people to imagine it possible that one man, like Martin Luther, could affect the world so profoundly in such a short period of time. However, that is infact exactly what he did and in a period of only sixty-three years. Some of the most spectacular events in religious reform took place during Martin Luther's life. He forced the scholarly to stop and take a good, hard look at the practices of the church and he allowed the layman to do the same. At a time when indulgences and pardons were at there height, and the Catholic church reigned supreme, Martin Luther chose to preach against them and the church's doctrine. With one document, his
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Clearly Luther did survive, and holding true to his word he became a monk fifteen days later with the Augustinian order (Wilson, pg 2). Martin Luther took very well to monastic life. He worked diligently to fulfill all his duties as a monk and live completely for God. In 1507, at the age of twenty-three, he was made a priest and also celebrated his first mass around this time. It's at this point in his life though that Luther begins to experience extreme feelings of doubt and unease towards the church (Erikson, 24). To counter these feelings of unrest, Johann von Staupitz, the man in charge of Luther, decided the best thing for Martin to do was pursue a career of study. By doing this Staupitz thought Luther might be able to put his soul more at rest, but in the long run this would only fuel Luther's desire for truth in the ways of God (DVD, ). Martin Luther wasted no time at all in getting to work and by 1508 he began teaching theology at the University of Wittenberg. In the same year, on March 9, he also received his first Bachelors degree in Biblical Studies. His second Bachelors degree came in 1509 on The Sentences by Peter Lombard. This was the main text book of medieval theology at the time and he was very well versed with it. Finally though his academic career culminated with his doctorate in theology that he recieved on October 19, 1512. The toll from these degrees and Luthers constant need to create new lectures for his classes led to