Martin Luther: Saint or Sinner?

By: Kyla Florian Block: R1/S1

Luther's Saint Characteristics

Martin Luther was considered a saint because of his advancements to help benefit the Catholic Church. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther created and mailed the 95 theses to take action against indulgences. Luther spread new ideas and this caused the reformation of the Catholic Church. The purpose of the 95 theses was to invite local scholars to debate on the indulgences. Luther wanted to share his ideas and thoughts on the indulgences taking place and was questioning there true meaning.

Luther's Sinner Characteristics

Martin Luther's topics of the 95 theses were arguable and reasonable but introduced conflict after he made rude statements about The Pope. Luther explained his remarks on The Pope and his power. This led Martin Luther into conflict with the Roman Church. The public viewed Luther's remarks towards The Pope as an attack on the papacy. In this time period, following the Church and obeying The Pope's call was a tradition. When Martin Luther offended The Pope with his comments people began to look at him with disrespect and arrogance which was not Luther's intent.
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The Printing Press

The Printing Press allowed Luther to spread his negative ideas about the Catholic Church quickly. This provided a efficient way to attack the Catholic Church and for his bad ideas to spread. Luther's ideas were spread in the native language which meant that anyone could read and understand his statements. This made a bad impact on the Catholic Church which made Luther a sinner. http://learning2eschool.com/high/DBQ/printing/fullsize/front_page_Gutenberg_press_1_fs.jpg