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“Freedom of a Christian” was written by Martin Luther in 1520 which was a time when the church still had quite a bit of power. Martin Luther started a movement that changed the way people thought of the church. Luther pointed out many of the flaws of the church and way the church took advantage of the people in his ninety-five theses he nailed to the church door. The first thing that Luther points out is two contradicting statements made by St. Paul, which were”for though I am free as all men, I have made myself a slave to all.” Also stating “owe no one anything, except to love another.” If they were to fit together it would make a perfect world. Luther says that no harm can come if people are not always taking religion into account, like the church tells people to do. Luther also brings to the attention of the people that God brings famine to them and that they should go by the Word of God in these times. I would say his thoughts in this work are not biased because he just saying what everyone is thinking. Luther has the same views of the church that everyone has they are just too scared by the power that the church has to do anything, but now because of Luther many people are coming out and joining his movement. Also the problems he had with the church directly effected him, as he lived in an area effected by the church. The relation all this has with the understanding of history is to show that people can do what ever they feel they need to do. Before Martin Luther wrote this people just sat back, listened and did what the church told them to do. Luther made people realize that they deserve more and that there is something wrong with what was happening. The trouble being how controlling the church was, if anyone before this were to try anything like it they would be exiled or sentenced to death. Luther started a movement that allowed others to see that if a lot of people says or do something then others will reconsider what they have been...
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