There's Always Two Sides to a Story

By: Emma Stahl

Martin Luther as a Saint

  • Luther gave a voice to people who wanted to break from the Catholic Church, doing so through his 95 Theses on the church's flaws (See Luther's 95 Theses)
  • Luther gave less power to the church and more to the people
  • People like him because he was saving them from the lies of the church, such as indulgences (See Form of Indulgence)
  • He expressed many views of how the church is corrupt and brought this to the people's attention
  • He brought on Lutherism and influenced the development of the new church, Church of England (See Church of England)

Martin Luther as a Sinner

  • Luther insulted the Catholic religion through his 95 Theses, by saying statements that criticized the church rather than helped reform it (See The 95 Theses)
  • Luther damned people for buying indulgences, despite the fact that these people did not know that they were being manipulated (See A Private Indulgence)
  • He disrupted the Catholic Church by creating the Protestant denomination of Lutherism, which led to people converting from Catholicism to Protestantism (See Lutherism: Old Testament Translation)
  • Eventually, the church and the Pope will despise him for causing distrust in the church, and will charge him with heresy

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