Steps to the Protestant Reformation

by Angelina Abbott

Martin Luther

Martin Luther was born in Eisleben, Saxony, Germany on November 10, 1483. Luther was a German Theologian. His parents were peasants but his dad had wealth as a minor and ore smelter. In 1484 Luther’s family then moved to Mansfeld, Germany. At age seven Luther entered Mansfeld school because his dad wanted him to have a better life then he did and become a lawyer. He was educated at many different Latin Schools and he ended up going to University of Erfurt. Within four years he earned both his master's and bachelor degree and soon after entered the field of law. Martin Luther was very wise and had many accomplishments but, he is most remembered for his teachings that lead to the protestant reformation in 16th century. ("Martin Luther" abc-clio)

Indulgences

One of Martin Luther's main issues was the selling of indulgences. Indulgences were sold by church leaders as money in exchange for shorter time in purgatory. Indulgences started to represent the corruption of the church because the money the church received did not usually end of going towards the church but instead church officials used the money for themselves. (abc-clio accessed 2015)

95 Theses

Martin Luther insisted on changes in the Catholic church. There were many movements and speakings about the changes but Martin Luther’s biggest contribute to change the church was on October 31, 1577, when he hung his 95 thesis on the door of the Wittenberg church in Germany. ("Martin Luther" abc-clio) . The 95 thesis stated his opinions and problems with the church and it also had quotes from the bible.Thanks to the invention of the printing press Luther's thesis’s spread very quickly. The church got very angry with Luther's opinions and called him a heretic. Pope Leo X had him excommunicated. Luther then translated the bible to let different languages and more people understand how the church's actions are very wrong and not what god wanted them to be.("Martin Luther" abc-clio). Lastly, He introduced a lot of reform ideas and created the protestant reformation. This reformation officially started when Luther posted his 95 Theses. He broke away from the church and got others to follow in order to create the new religion of Protestanism which followed god, the bible, and Luther's thesis. He also made tons new protestant churches that spread everywhere. ("Protestantism" abc-clio)

Research log : Martin Luther’s 95 thesis and other reform ideas is what lead to the protestant reformation.


1.Source: "Martin Luther." World History: The Modern Era. ABC-CLIO, 2015. Web. 28 Sept. 2015.


How it relates to the project: This source is specifically about martin luther


2. "Martin Luther." World History: The Modern Era. ABC-CLIO, 2015. Web. 28 Sept. 2015.


How it relates to the project: This article is specifically about the reformation.


3. Source: "Protestantism." World History: The Modern Era. ABC-CLIO, 2015. Web. 28 Sept. 2015


How it relates to the project: This article talks about protestantism which is Luther’s teachings.


4.Source: “indulgences." World History: The Modern Era. ABC-CLIO, 2015. Web. 29 Sept. 2015


How it relates to the project: Picture of Martin Luther. This source tells me about what indulgences are and indulgences are discussed a lot in Luther’s teachings.



5. Source: Kingdon, Robert M. "Reformation." New Dictionary of the History of Ideas. Ed. Maryanne Cline Horowitz. Vol. 5. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2005. 2029-2031. Student Resources in Context. Web. 28 Sept. 2015.


How it relates to the project: This article is about the reformation, the reforms, lutheran etc.