Martin Luther Angel Or Devil?

By Sophia Sargent

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Saint Or Angel

This image above is a picture of the 95 Theses. Martin Luther is a saint because of his writing on the 95 Theses. I put this here because these writings expressed his thoughts that nobody else had the courage to express. Even though there were other people who were influenced by Martin Luther, they would not have started if Luther did not step forward and write this document. Martin was also aware that there would be bad consequences when doing this, so he had courage to express these topics in front of the church. Martin went into this without knowing if he would have followers, and he went into this by himself against the church.
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Saint Or Angel

This photo can show that Martin Luther is a saint because he is spreading his writings. In his writings, he questioned the church and how they were running in general and pin pointed the indulgences. When the 95 Theses were recognized, he was called to court. He either had to take back what he said and everything would be okay, or he could accept his writings and be excommunicated from the church, along with a death penalty. Martin Luther had lots of courage, stood up for his writings, and excepted them even though he knew there would be consequences. He knew that his writings were important to him and his beliefs and he decided to back them up in front of the church's council. Martin Luther had courage to do this because the church was very important to a lot of people and he went against it because he went with his beliefs.
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Saint Or Angel

This image shows Martin Luther reading a book. This picture relates to Martin Luther being a saint because now that his opinion is out, he has many followers. With these followers, Martin Luther can express his beliefs and inspire other people. If other people go against the church they can lose power and that is good for Martin's followers and Martin himself. If the church loses power, Martin is winning the battle. This is revolutionary to society because this can inspire other people to become other things such as scientists and philosophers. We can expand our knowledge of the world with only people believing other things that the church does not. Going against the church can be good for society overall but bad for the church in particular. Martin Luther stood up for what he believed in which caused others to do the same and even become successful.
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Sinner Or Devil

This photo represents the indulgences in the church. An indulgence is basically a ticket to heaven and all of your sins are forgiven if you buy one from the church. This represents that Martin Luther is a sinner because he went against what the church was doing. Because the church thinks this is right, Martin Luther is a follower of the church so he should be apart of it. Writing against the church can make them lose power because others will rethink the church and what they are doing. The church should be a powerful place and is a priority of their time period so why would they change that?
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Sinner Or Devil

This picture represents Martin Luther's excommunication letter because it is a picture of the actual letter. This shows that Martin Luther is a sinner because he was excommunicated from the church and punished for his thoughts on the 95 Theses. If Martin Luther just left the church and stopped believing in his religion, that would be a lot better than him writing his hate toward the indulgences and other church topics. Martin Luther is a sinner because he is going against the church and not believing what they are. Because he was kicked out, this makes him even more of a sinner. Also, in the court session he has an option to take back what he said. Martin Luther did not take it back and he stood up for it. He had a chance to redeem himself but he did not take it.
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Sinner Or Devil

This picture shows Martin Luther translating the bible in German. This shows that Martin Luther is a sinner because he translated the bible when he was captured. He was captured by one of his followers and saved him from the punishment of death from the church. Martin Luther should have respected the punishment from the church and taken it. Instead, he was captured and he then translated the bible in German. He also began to create more pamphlets that went against the church. He then not only translated the bible in German but he translated his works into German so others could read them. His works were against the church so this could bring the church's power down. He should not bring the church's power down because the church and religion is very important to people.

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Indulgences / Title page woodcut 1518. Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 22 Dec 2015.


Luther / Letter of Excommunication, 1520. Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 22 Dec 2015.


LUTHER: THESES, 1517. - The 95 theses which German religious reformer Martin Luther nailed to the church door at Wittenberg, Germany, on 31 October 1517.
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Martin Luther (1483-1546) FOUNDER OF THE LUTHERAN CHURCH. Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 22 Dec 2015.


M.Luther translating the Bible, Etching. Photo. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 22 Dec 2015.


WITTENBERG: LUTHER THESES. - Residents of Wittenberg, Germany, discussing the 95 theses Martin Luther nailed to the door of the city's All Saints Church in October 1517. Wood engraving, 19th century.. Fine Art. Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. Web. 22 Dec 2015.